James Reaney is one of Canada's finest poets and dramatists. He is the three time winner of the Governor General's Award and the author of numerous plays and poetry collections including: The Donnellys (Beach Holme, 1983), Wacousta, The Dismissal, Bees, Selected Longer Poems (Beach Holme, 1976), Selected Shorter Poems (Beach Holme, 1975), Colours in the Dark and many others. He lives in London, Ontario, an area frequently featured in his writing.
Selected Shorter Poems
James Reaney can be counted in the top rank of Canadian poets. Through thirty years of writing he has established a steady and widespread influence both in literary circles and with the general reading public. This is the first selection of his poems, an invaluable resource for Canadian literature courses or anyone interested in Canadian poetry. Reaney’s poetic vision incorporates intellectuality, religion, regionalism and poetic tradition without the loss of personal vitality or the spaciousness of human experience.