In the Capital City of Autumn
April 9, 2024
90 pages | 978-1-989496-86-2
Tim Bowling is in top form in his latest collection of poetry, In the Capital City of Autumn. Threading through autumnal themes such as the loss of his mother and the demolition of his childhood home, his children growing and the inevitable passage of time, Bowling writes with rich lyricism and imagery. Sweet William and loosely woven woollen mitts for his mother, the moon as “an egg in the pocket of a running thief” for time, salmon for eternity. In the Capital City of Autumn, the characters of The Great Gatsby come to life, and three a.m. brings wisdom. These are masterful poems, lightened with a touch of whimsy, poems to sink into on a quiet evening.
“Tim Bowling’s latest poetry collection, In the Capital City of Autumn, reads like a ‘Report Card for Middle Age,’ the name of a poem in Part Three of the book, but the subjects of study are less rote learning, more free-wheeling, more expansive – family history, salmon fishing, The Great Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the passage of time, the particulars of loss, André the Giant, Superman comics – making this an incredibly satisfying collection. And what poetic lines! ‘My life hung like a dog’s paw to shake,’ or ‘I wore my mourning suit of rain,’ or ‘I was that child, am that thief, / stealing what all my neighbours steal – / the hour hand on the town clock.’ His poems cast a wide net over popular culture and antiquarian literature, the regional and the broadly universal. Bowling, in his poems, gazes upon these subjects, and slowly the moorings of the self slip away, and in that silence, the voice of the imagination enters, helping him transcend our hardscrabble lives, transcend time itself. This is what makes Tim Bowling’s poetry so shamelessly lyrical, so powerfully stirring. An important and vital poetic vision!”
– Chris Banks, author of Alternator and Deepfake Serenade
Tim Bowling is the author of twenty-four works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. He is the recipient of numerous honours, including two Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Awards, five Alberta Book Awards, a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, two Writers’ Trust of Canada nominations, two Governor General’s Award nominations and a Guggenheim Fellowship in recognition of his entire body of work.
The Marvels of Youth (2023)
The Heavy Bear (2017)