Brian Henderson

Latest News

My new book, Unidentified Poetic Object, is here! You can find some backstory on the New Work page on this site and can check it out at the Brick Books's site...

Check out this latest (short but starred) review from Quill and Quire, as well as Bruce Whiteman's recent review of Unidentified Poetic Object in the Toronto Star; a pleasant surprise: Quill and Quire, Toronto Star.

An Interview with Vallum.

About me:

Lost in language, I am the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including a deck of visual poem cards known as The Alphamiricon. My work has been nominated for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and I've been a finalist for the Governor General's Award. My writing, both critical and poetic, has appeared in a number of literary journals.

I have a PhD in Canadian Literature and am the past Director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press. I currently live in Grey Highlands, Ontario with my wife Charlene Winger.

What others have said:

"[OR] is an extraordinary book, brilliant from the first particle trace to the last. A luminous meditative transcendence links it all together, playing deep chords in both mind and flesh. The fluency of time and space created by these poems carries the reader beyond the named into gnosis. Henderson’s language is often just out of reach, which is perfect, drawing the reader deeper into his world by understanding its implications."

--Don Domanski

"Sharawadji is an exceptionally original, linguistically kinetic exploration contain[ing] stunning imagery, metaphors and language. Tracking imaginative possibilities anchored by a profoundly engaged heart and mind, Henderson's is a rare voice."

--judges for the Canadian Authors Association Award.

"[Nerve Language is] terrifying and beautiful. The language in this book is an incendiary crossing of wires. These poems are as likely to break you open as they are to explode."

--Governor General's Award jury.

"[Year Zero] explores with extraordinary depth and intimacy the boundary line joining the creation and loss of life, affirming the 'insistence of things' in a language that transcends the differences between thought and feeling, word and thing."

--Glenn Wilmot, The Journal of Canadian Poetry

"[Smoking Mirror] is certainly a poetry of a magnitude and import similar to, say, Don Domanski's or Louise Gluck's.... Very accomplished... and elegant to read aloud."

--Phil Hall, Books in Canada