The Spoken World
The Spoken World
by Harold Rhenisch
8.5" x 5.25" · 80 pages
Release Date: October 2011
In the introduction to The Spoken World Harold Rhenisch writes "The door is where Robin greeted you and welcomed you in from the world, and where he blessed you on your journey back out into it again. It is a place of great ceremony. The fire is the fire. The moors are a high, treeless landscape Robin walks across to meet himself walking the other way."
This collection throws wide the threshold to pivotal moments in the poets life in his relationship with his long time mentor and friend Robin Skelton. Rhenisch writes with honesty and courage of the difficult passage into poetry and the man who "guided me, out of my earth and my deafness into poetry".
These poems take the reader through unexpected doorways, that lead us far from the welcome mat with the momentum of sheer joy and an active artistic energy. Never a writer to approximate or diminish his journey, Harold Rhenisch has not only paid homage to a great poet, he has also given us an extended ode to human generosity and artistic creation.
Harold Rhenisch studied poetry with Robin Skelton and P.K. Page in the 1970s. Since then, he has published 26 books, including ten previous volumes of poetry, as well as fiction, memoir, bioregional essays, translations, environmental photography books, and reviews, and has edited both of Skelton's posthumous books of verse. This is his eleventh full-length collection of poetry. He is the winner of the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize (twice), the ARC poem of the year prize, the CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, and the Theatre BC National Playwriting Award. He is an active editor of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, has taught poetry and short fiction at Vancouver Island University, and his multiple genre workshops at the Victoria School of Writing are legendary. His Out of the Interior and Tom Thomson's Shack are classics of the memoir genre, and his The Wolves at Evelyn won the 1978 George Ryga Prize for Social Responsibility in British Columbia Literature. He lives in Vernon, B.C.
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