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In This Poem I Am

Selected Poetry of Robin Skelton

by Robin Skelton
edited by Harold Rhenisch

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list price: $15.99
also available: eBook
category: Poetry
published: 2007
publisher: Dundurn

In a country in which poetry has been largely private and apologetic, Robin Skelton played the part of poet with grand style: flowing beard, mane of white hair, rings on every finger, huge amulet around his neck, all topped off with a black hat that looked as if it came from a Venetian gondolier but was really picked up at the re-enactment of a Cariboo Gold Rush-era general store in Barkerville, B.C.

In this selection of his best verse there are poems of "high" and "low" art, spells and prayers, meditations, shemanic maps, and, in the centre of the book, "messages," those strange, inspired "gifts" at the core of Skelton’s art. In making the selection for this volume, editor Harold Rhenisch, himself an accomplished poet, has held to the image that Skelton’s themes repeat like the ripples of water spreading out from a pebble dropped into a pool, and has attempted to bring together the best ripple from each dropped pebble.

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Contributor notes

Robert Skelton (1925-1997) was a poet, editor, artist, anthologist, teacher, critic, and writer of more than 100 books. His poetry collection The Edge of Time,was nomited for Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He was the founding chairman of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Victoria.

Harold Rhenisch has published more than 20 books, including the non-fiction works Tom Thomson's Shack and The Wolves of Evelyn, both nominated for the B.C. Book Prize. He lives in British Columbia.

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Robin Skelton

During his life, Robin Skelton was a poet, critic, editor, fiction writer, anthologist and translator. He was called Canada’s Merlin, its Wizard of the West. In his work he explored many poetic forms, including some oriental forms rarely, if ever, explored by a western poet. Skelton passed away in 1997, but just as he mentored many young writers during his life, his writing continues to influence the life and work of a new generation of poets.
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Harold Rhenisch

Harold Rhenisch was born in Keremeos in 1958, son of an orchardist. Today, he lives at 108 Mile Ranch, BC, with his wife and two young daughters. He is the author of a novel, eight books of poetry, and Out of the Interior, the acclaimed precursor to Tom Thomson's Shack.
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