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Hard Times

Hard Times renews Rob Rolfe’s imaginative exploration of the mostly-unrecorded history of Owen Sound, Ontario’s working class Mudtown and of the Grey-Bruce region. He also journeys in memory to Montreal, Toronto, and Windsor and London, Ontario, and beyond to other parts of the Americas. His writing shows his continuing mastery of subtly simple poetic forms, and of short tales in prose.

Praise for the author’s previous books:

“Rolfe’s poems gleam like uncut gems: they are spare, minimal and compassionate, and owe much to a storytelling tradition.”

-Terry Burns, Mosaic

Beyond Mudtown is perfectly sparse, accessible, and lyrical. It bursts with little poems about small lives filled by almost imperceptible big moments.”

– Hazel Lyder, The Wiarton Echo

“…one haunting poem after another.”

-Andrew Armitage, Owen Sound Sun Times

“It’s a simple matter of watching where you step, and listening to the stories that only landscape can tell. Rob Rolfe is the guardian of Mudtown, and his book is an invitation to visit the places only he can see.”

– Nelson Phillips, Mountain Life

About The Author

Rob Rolfe

Reviews of this Book

Hard Times Book Review from the Hanover Post (March 2016)