George Fetherling is a poet, fiction writer, and voyager. Among his many books are Travels by Night: A Memoir of the Sixties and Running Away to Sea: Round the World on a Tramp Freighter. He published under the name Douglas Fetherling until 1999, and thereafter under the name George in honour of his late father. He lives in Vancouver.
Drawn equally from recent, previously unpublished work and from earlier books now out of print, this brief selection of Doug Fetherling’s poetry deals with the dangers posed by a technocratic society. It grapples with the question of whether we can guard against a dystopian nightmare by observing ceremony and ritual and by remembering how history accumulates silently from daily experience. With its contemporary urban sensibility and its love of sometimes archaic languate, Variorum shows the essential consistency of Fetherling’s voice over the past two decades.