Gordon states that “B.W. Powe’s Where Seas and Fables Meet gathers parables, aphorisms, fragments, and thoughts but collectively transcends and even defies those labels. Powe’s great gift as a writer here is not in applying a formula for drawing readers in but in displaying an openness of mind and spirit that invites readers in”.
Gordon points to several poems in the collection, including “Sad Angel” in which “one senses at once a delicacy and tenderness that is too often missing from conventional elegies and their inevitable conclusions”, as well as “four passages titled Wilde Things that anchor the reflections in Wilde and transport the reader by the end of the fourth into a Brechtian movement”.
Gordon emphasizes that Powe’s collection pulls together a range of ideas, from questions about technology, to the student uprisings in Montreal and Quebec City, to a discussion with Richard Dawkins, to Dante’s Commedia. In virtue of this range, Powe’s collection “makes you hold your breath and allows you to finally let go only with the greatest reluctance. Inspiration, literally.”
Terrence Gordon is the author of Marshall McLuhan: Escape into Understanding. He is also a leading Joyce critic and author, editor, and essayist.
Where Seas and Fables Meet: Parables, Aphorisms, Fragments, Thought is B.W. Powe’s newest collection of poetry, released by Guernica Editions in Spring 2015. This book blends parables, aphorisms, dreams, fantasies, witticisms, puns, vignettes, and prose poems in a meditative and often passionate way.
B.W. Powe is also the author of A Climate Charged, The Solitary Outlaw, A Tremendous Canada of Light, Outage, These Shadows Remain, Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy and Light Onwords, Light Onwards. His book The Unsaid Passing was a finalist for the ReLit Prize.