COQUITLAM, British Columbia, April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The author of 30 books and as many plays, Gary Botting is better known as an extradition lawyer and playwright than a poet. But his poems reveal a more sensitive side of this playwright-cum-lawyer. For the first time, all of his published poems have been brought together in this wonderful volume. Streaking! The Collected Poems of Gary Botting is his tenth collection of poems; the previous nine are also included in this volume.
This poetry anthology features thought-provoking haikus, sonnets, odes and ballads, and includes his full-fledged poetic drama, "Prometheus Rebound." Most of his published poems push the boundaries of accepted poetic and linguistic structure and thematic acceptability, and in this sense are experimental. He explores themes of unabashed sexuality, as well as more innocent themes of nature. Many of the poems are intimate. However, most are innocent reflections of the joys to be experienced in the natural world and the complex interaction between human beings at every level. He evokes mythic and literary figures from Atlas to Prometheus as well as literary and artistic giants from Shakespeare and Pasternak to Ezra Pound and Pablo Picasso. Some of his poetic pieces also explore his personal philosophy of "extensionism," the notion that the only thing we can be sure of is that all things, including ideas, extend in space and time.
"His sense of humour – rare in Canadian poets – giggles across the page," says one critic.
About the Author
Born in England, Gary Botting is the author of more than 30 books. As a teenager, he won top honours at the U.S. National Science Fair and travelled around the world with his exhibit on the hybridization of giant silk moths. He began writing at age 18 as a journalist for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Returning to Canada, he became a playwright, following in the footsteps of his mentor, Robertson Davies, and wrote some 30 plays, which premiered in theatres from Newfoundland to British Columbia, where he practiced law for many years.
He holds nine degrees, including two Ph.D. (in English literature and law) and an MFA in playwriting. Formerly a professor of English and creative writing at several Canadian universities, and more recently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, he currently practices extradition law in Vancouver.
Streaking! The Collected Poems of Gary Botting by Gary Botting
Publication Date: 2013
Price: $20.95; 374 pages; ISBN 978-1-62516-309-7
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