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Reflections cover

  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-919662-9
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 126 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-919663-6
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 126 pages
  • Keywords
    • Single-author poetry collection,
    • Rhyming poetry,
    • Farm and ranch life,
    • Poetic memoir,
    • Family and relationships,
    • Connection to home

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by Robert W. White and Rosemary M. Kanigan

That broken old buggy down by the well If it could talk it would have a story to tell Of horses and sleighs and bygone days Pull up a stump and hear what it says. Reflections is a collection of rhyming poetry that shares a snapshot of a life that may soon be a thing of the past: that of an old-school rancher in the interior of British Columbia. The poems provide a reflective window into how life was lived on a farm, and the struggles and joys of that life. Steeped in the honest language of someone who lived these experiences from 1932 through to 2023, the poems invite readers to explore a world that may be entirely new to them, and to find the connections between themselves and these universal themes. It is a love letter to life on the ranch, and to the tight family connections that made that life a thing of beauty. This collection has been posthumously published by the poet’s daughter, Rosemary Kanigan, who found over sixty poems in her father’s closet after his death. She always believed her father had the intention of sharing his poems, but at ninety years of age he either didn't have the drive, or didn't know how to go about it. She brought this book to life in his memory, and to share his memories with the world.

Robert W. White and Rosemary M. Kanigan photo

Robert W. White was born in Vancouver, B.C. After he started showing signs of tuberculosis as a child, his family moved to the interior of British Columbia in the hopes the hot, dry climate would improve his health. Upper Louis Creek valley was a new experience for Rob. There were barns, guns, old farm machinery, and lots of room to roam. After meeting and marrying the Rose of his dreams, Rob settled in a small house on a ranch. Rob liked to ski, fish in the creeks, play golf, and of course write poetry. He spent his whole life in Kamloops and the Upper Louis Creek Valley. He had three children: Frank, Rosemary, and Shannon, who are all married and have families of their own. Rob’s sister Velma was married to Jack Brady, and had two children, Barry and Brenda, who are also married and have children of their own. I dedicate this book to all my family and friends that I love so much. May you all live life to the fullest, stay safe and LOVE each other every day.


Robert W. White
Rosemary M. Kanigan

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