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Featured Poetry: Death and Other Loves by Rowell Bowles

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Featured Poetry: Death and Other Loves by Rowell Bowles

Penumbra Press, 2007

Elegiac and passionate, Death and Other Loves takes us from the poet's childhood in China, through family in Canada, and on into a long international life. Old loves die, new loves beckon. With literary flourish and wit, the poet finds a home in a great metropolis.

Rowell Bowles was born in Chengdu, China, where he lived until his family returned to Canada during the missionary exodus of 1926. For more than fifty years Bowles has been a spirited voice at the United Nations, holding various senior positions, including worldwide director of program policy for Unicef. He is the author of The Diplomacy of Hope, a critical history of the United Nations, and a recipient of the Order of Canada.

A true renaissance man, Bowles has augmented a rich professional career with an artistic one. As a painter, he received encouragement from the leader of the mid-century Montreal avant-garde, Paul-Émile Borduas, as well as Group of Seven member Arthur Lismer. His work has been exhibited at dozens of galleries. Death and Other Loves is his first book of poems.

From the catalogue. Read more about Death and Other Loves at the Penumbra Press website.