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Harold Rhenisch




"One of the finest Canadian poets of his generation." Robin Skelton

Welcome to the Harold Rhenisch web site. Here are descriptions of his 13 books as well as his works in progress, samples from each of his books, essays and writing philosophy, links to his publishers, a biography, ordering information, and even some old photos.

Since 1982, Harold Rhenisch has published 8 books of poetry, most recently Fusion, 3 chapbooks of poetry, most recently On the Couch of Dr. Daydream, the best-selling memoir about post-colonial orchard life in British Columbia's Similkameen Valley, Out of the Interior: the Lost Country, a series of meditations on British Columbia landscape and Canadian society, Tom Thomson's Shack, which was nominated for two B.C. Book Prizes, a novel, Carnival, and a translation of Stefan Schütz's radio play Peyote. A long-time student of Ezra Pound, gnosticism, East European poetry, V.S. Naipaul, Peter Handke, Friederich Dürrenmatt, and Coyote, he has worked for two decades giving voice and a sophisticated language to the oral cultures of rural Canada. Rhenisch's fascinations run from the lyric to the elegaic, the historical to the satiric, the mythic to the comical.

"This is rural poetry at its best." George Woodcock

To read more, please click on a link below.

Sample the Books



Works in Progress

My Publishers


Writing Philosophy



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