Friday, September 28, 2007

Robin Skelton

Good news!

A half hour ago a Canpar truck drove up, after making the week-long haul from Toronto. Looking very refreshed for such a long journey, and so much roadside coffee, may I add, the driver handed me a package. Very cool and collected, I signed, but then I raced inside, tore into the cardboard like a kid with an ice cream cake, and there it was, at last, after so many years of living with these poems, Robin Skelton's In This Poem I Am.

Dundurn Press, ISBN: 978-1-55002-769-3

This is the volume of selected poems that James Gurley and I made as our gift to the Malahat Review celebrations for its 40th anniversary, and the 10th anniversary of Robin's passing. It took years. These are, I think, the best poems of one of our best poets.

We're launching the book on Robin's birthday, too. Let's plan to see each other there, for this important event. Robin always loved a party.

Friday, October 12, 2007, at 7:30 pm
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street, Victoria

Regular Gallery admission applies: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students

What a happy day!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Big Move

Now the wind, that flows off the Pacific, crests the Coast Mountains, and drops into the grasslands like a breath from a spirit stone, has spoken to me first. I've gone west. I've moved to the heart of a salmon, as it lies in cool water drinking the rain. I'm talking with raven again.

For the moment, I'm living in a sea of cardboard, while I build a new set of bookshelves above the garage. I'm still on the edge of a continent, but now I'm close to Victoria, and to Vancouver. It feels great to be here.

Give me a call. Drop me a line. Let me know how it's going with you.

Harold Rhenisch
795 Oxford Place
Campbell River, B.C.
V9W 7Y7
The email is the same:

Talk to you soon, eh.