Linda Rogers: Essays on Her Work


Edited by Harold Rhenisch

Guernica Editions. 2005. ISBN: 1-55071-191-1. 4.5 x 7, 176 pp. $15.

Bookman Summary2

Linda Rogers is the poet of childhood. She is also a people’s poet, a story teller and a singer of blues for children, a novelist, and a winner of the Stephen Leacock Award for humour. In this volume, poets Barbara Colebrook Peace, Harold Rhenisch, and Patricia Young, poet and translator Allan Brown, short story writer John Gould, and critic Ronald B. Hatch cast light on the spiritual and creative life of this flamboyant and passionate writer who reveals the power of childhood to renew and to trasnform adults and children alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Harold Rhenisch

Making God: Poetry as Spiritual Practice, John Gould

Coming Out of Silence, Patricia Young

The Genesis of Linda Rogers, Harold Rhenisch

Whose Words Have Been Stolen or Erased, Barbara Colebrook Peace

Linda Rogers and “Children’s Writes,” Ronald B. Hatch

Worlds Turned on Their Heads: the Adult Novels of Linda Rogers, Allan Brown

Finding Grace Through Music: An Interview With Linda Rogers, Harold Rhenisch

The Writing Life: an autobiography, Linda Rogers

A Bibliography of the Works of  Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers: A Biographical Note

Quotes from Linda Rogers

“Mother Theresa said we must all do something beautiful for God. That is what I learned from my parents who, although they left behind the religion of their ancestors, are people whose charactrrs are based on the principle that you can only do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I was told as a child that I would be measured by my generosity and not what I accumulated. We were taught to be non-competitive, only to do our best when it was best for everyone.”

“Our favourite place to visit is the Queen Alexandra Solarium, where severely disabled children respond to music and to being touched. Most of the patients are the victims of asphyxiation. It is hard to believe we let it happen. They are a metaphor for all the children who are not getting enough air. As we get closer and more competitive in the crowded world, we are discovering that we need liturgies for living. That is the poet’s job description, as I see it.”

“To fight your mortality is to fight yourself.”


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