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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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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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Robin Skelton

Poet, anthologist, editor, teacher, biographer, art and literary critic, historical writer, initiated witch and occultist, Robin Skelton came to Canada in 1963, the author of five collections of poetry and nine other books. He taught at the University of Victoria for almost thirty years, teaching in the Department of English and then in the Department of Creative Writing, of which he was the founding Chairman in 1973. In 1967, together with John Peter, he founded The Malahat Review.
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Harold Rhenisch lives in 150 Mile House, BC. He won the Confederation Poetry Prize, 1991, and the Arc Poem of the Year Award and the Critic's Desk Award for best long poetry review, 2003. He has been a five-time runner-up in the CBC/Tilden/Saturday Night Literary Contest and won the BC & Yukon Community Newspapers Association Award for Best Arts and Culture Writing, 1996. His non-fiction book Tom Thomson's Shack was shortlisted for two BC Book Prizes in 2000. Please visit www.haroldrhenisch.wordpress.com.

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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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