Shane Rhodes

hane Rhodes’ most recent book of poetry, The Bindery, was published by NeWest Press in Spring 2007. Winner of an Alberta Book Award and the Archibald Lampman Award, Shane’s poetry is also featured in the anthologies New Canadian PoetryBreathing Fire IIDecalogue, and Seminal: Canada’s Gay Male Poets.

Questions & Answers

Is there a specific moment that inspired you to pursue poetry?

There is no specific moment. I think poetry has always been the form of how language happened to me.

How/where do you find inspiration today?

Everywhere. My poetry involves a fair amount of research and getting myself into uncharted territory. So I see poetry and poetic use of language as a cognitive tool of prying at things, of displaying things, of inquiry.

What is your writing process?

Thinking. Writing. And then some more thinking.

What is your revision/editing process?

Write. Write. Write. . . . Write. Write. Write. . .

Did you write poetry in high school? If yes, how did you get started? If no, why not?

I’ve always been writing poetry. In highschool I wrote poems to make girls fall in love with me. It worked.

Do you use any resources that a young poet would find useful (e.g. websites, text books, etc.)?

It depends on what you are doing. With some poems, cookbooks are useful. With others, not so much.

When you were high school aged, what would have been helpful/motivating to hear from a published poet?

I think being introduced to how poetry is used and written in our world right now would have been helpful as poetry was only talked about as something that happened in history.


Works by Shane Rhodes

PoetryArticlesBook ReviewsBook Reviews of Author

Poetry by Shane Rhodes

Articles by Shane Rhodes

Buggering With History
By Shane Rhodes

Book Reviews by Shane Rhodes

Three Readers Writing
By Adam Dickinson, Christopher Dewdney, Shane Rhodes, Karl Jirgens and Patrick Friesen
Published in Canada and Its Discontents. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 198 (Autumn 2008): 120-121.
  • Children of the Outer Darkness by Christopher Dewdney and Karl Jirgens
  • The Bindery by Shane Rhodes
  • Earth's Crude Gravities by Patrick Friesen
Dancing in the Mud
By Shane Rhodes
Published in Canadian Literature 188 (Spring 2006): 122-123.
  • Skaldance by
  • Doubt'€™s boots by Charles Noble
  • American Standard & Other Poems by Shane Rhodes and Joseph Sherman
Dancing in the Mud
By Shane Rhodes
Published in Canadian Literature 188 (Spring 2006): 122-123.
  • American Standard & Other Poems by Joseph Sherman
  • Doubt's Boots by Charles Noble
  • Skaldance by Gary Geddes (Author)

Book Reviews of Shane Rhodes's Works