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Edgar Bowers (March 2, 1924 - February 4, 2000) was an American poet who won the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1989.

Bowers was born in Rome, Georgia in 1924. During World War II he joined the military and served in Counter-intelligence against Germany. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1950 and did graduate work in English literature at Stanford University. Bowers published several books of poetry, including The Form of Loss, For Louis Pasteur, and The Astronomers. He won two fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and taught at Duke University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In Bowers's obituary, the English poet Clive Wilmer wrote, 'The title poem of his 1990 collection, For Louis Pasteur, announces his key loyalties. He confessed to celebrating every year the birthdays of three heroes: Pasteur, Mozart and Paul Valéry, all of whom suggest admiration for the life of the mind lived at its highest pitch - a concern for science and its social uses, and a love of art that is elegant, cerebral and orderly.' That is one part of Bowers. Another aspect is picked up by Thom Gunn on the back of Bowers's Collected Poems: 'Bowers started with youthful stoicism, but the feeling is now governed by an increasing acceptance of the physical world.' That 'physical world' encompasses sex and love, which are refracted through his restrained and lapidary lines. The effect of this contrast is striking: at once balanced and engaged; detached but acutely aware of sensual satisfactions. The style owes much to the artistic ethos of Yvor Winters, under whom Bowers studied at Stanford, but his achievement far surpasses that of his mentor, and his other students, such as J. V. Cunningham. He often wrote in rhyme, but also produced some of the finest blank verse in the English language. He wrote very little (his Collected Poems weighs in at 168 pages), due no doubt to the careful consideration behind every single line. But that care never forecloses on the wilder aspects of human existence--the needs, joys and violence.

Bowers retired in 1991 and died in San Francisco in 2000.

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Total Books: 12
On Heaven and Poems Written on Active Service
2016 - On Heaven and Poems Written on Active Service (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781356122592
ISBN-10: 1356122590
Genre: History

Pour louis pasteur
2001 - Pour Louis Pasteur (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782841160587
ISBN-10: 2841160580

Collected Poems
1999 - Collected Poems (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679766070
ISBN-10: 0679766073
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Form of Loss
The Form of Loss (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780404560133
ISBN-10: 040456013X

For Louis Pasteur
For Louis Pasteur [Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691014678
ISBN-10: 0691014671

For Louis Pasteur
For Louis Pasteur [Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780691068107
ISBN-10: 0691068100

The Astronomers
The Astronomers (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780804000178
ISBN-10: 0804000174

Living Together
Living Together (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780856352218
ISBN-10: 0856352217
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Witnesses (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780936576053
ISBN-10: 0936576057