by George J. Dance

Indian Summer

Courtesy 300KS.

Ronald Gilmour Everson (November 18, 1903 - February 16, 1992) was a Canadian poet.[1]


Everson was born in Oshawa, Ontario, to Mary Elizabeth (Farewell) and Thomas Henry Everson.[2]

He was educated at the University of Toronto (U of T), where he earned a B.A. in 1927, and at Osgoode Hall Law School, which awarded him an LL.B. in 1930.[1] At U of T he was editor of the Victoria College literary magazine, Acta Victoriana.[2]

In 1936 he moved to Montreal to pursue a career in public relations.[1] He joined/founded a firm, Johnston, Everson & Charlesworth Ltd., later becoming its President (1953-1969) and Chairman of Communications (1964-1969).[2]

Everson began writing poetry in the 1920s.[3] However, his earliest book of poetry was published only in 1957. He went on to author more than a dozen books of poetry, and was published as well in numerous magazines.[2]

Everson was a co-founder of publishing company Delta Books.[3] He was also a founding member of the League of Canadian Poets.[1]

He moved to Burlington, Ontario, shortly before his death in 1992.[1]


The Canadian Encyclopedia calls his poems "concise and direct responses to his environment and personal situation, his later work turning darker and more plaintive."[3]


His poetry was anthologized in the Penguin Book of Canadian Verse.



  • Three Dozen Poems. Montreal: Cambridge Press, 1957.
  • A Lattice for Momos (with foreword by Louis Dudek; illustrated by Colin Haworth). Toronto: Contact Press, 1958.
  • Blind Man's Holiday. Toronto, Ryerson Press, 1963.
  • Four Poems. Norwich, VT: American Letters Press, 1963.
  • Wrestle With an Angel. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1965.
  • Incident on Cote des Neiges, and other poems. Amherst, MA: Green Knight Press, 1966.
  • Raby Head, and other poems. Amherst, MA: Green Knight Press, 1967.
  • The Dark is Not So Dark. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1969.
  • Elinor's Mouth-hole. Santa Barbara, CA: Unicorn Press, 1969.
  • Selected Poems, 1920-1970 (illustrated by Colin Haworth). Montreal: Delta Canada, 1970.
  • Indian Summer. Ottawa: Oberon, 1976. ISBN 978-0-88750189-0
  • Carnival. Ottawa: Oberon, 1978. ISBN 978-0-88750272-9
  • Everson at Eighty (with introduction by Al Purdy). Ottawa: Oberon, 1983. ISBN 978-0-88750482-2
  • Poems About Me. Ottawa: Oberon, 1990. ISBN 978-0-88750799-1

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

Audio / videoEdit

Tree Reading Series Dead Poet Reading 10 Aug 10 - Mike Montreuil reads R.G

Tree Reading Series Dead Poet Reading 10 Aug 10 - Mike Montreuil reads R.G. Everson

  • A Poetry Reading by Ron Everson (cassete). Toronto: League of Canadian Poets, [1983?][4]

See alsoEdit




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 R.G. Everson, Canadian Books & Authors, Lynn Bornath, Web, June 14, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Everson, R.G. (1903-), William Ready Division, Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Libraries,, Web, June 14, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Peter Stevens, Everson, Ronald Gilmour, Canadian Encyclopedia (Edmonton: Hurtig, 1988), 731, Print.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Search results = au:R G Everson, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 6, 2017.

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