Fitzhenry & Whiteside | April 30, 2013 | Trade Paperback
May 19th, 2013
Encore Literary Magazine is very proud to be hosting a reading tomorrow featuring Governor General’s Literary Award-winning poet, critic, editor and anthologist Anne Compton. On Monday May 20, 7pm at Kaza- Maza in Montreal, Anne will be joined by fellow poet, critic, editor, translator and anthologist Evan Jones. “Onion” is previously unpublished.
Weighs more than it looks: Should do, my father says, bent among
October rows. I’ve come the yellow corridors to be with him.
Like a star compacted by gravity – that dense.
Nebula of particles, fused and lit. Unus, its Latin name.
Best dug at first frost: Hard, though, to be rid of the soil specks
in the outer sheath. Iron flavour in the winter sandwich.
Graded by flesh colour and as to keeping – storage or straightaway.
The Vidalia, in pale-coloured skin, similar to all things fresh –
sweetest forthwith. Thick-skinned storage, a deeper flavour.
Decades gone, he could be starlight, could be what’s
encrypted in cells. My cells. Information’s never lost.
Heaven from earth, according to him. Readable parchment –
in layers – had we the cipher to decode it. Circle by circle.
At the root-end, there are tear-producing compounds,
where it gripped earth. This is true of all temporary things.
About this part, turn aside at the last.
As a photographer, and filmmaker, Gaston specializes in social documentary work, as well as in travel photography. He has worked on 6 continents, including Antarctica, and has received a number of international awards. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, in museums and galleries in the United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina, Latvia, Canada and the USA, as well as on National Geographic's website. He has been published on five continents, in publications such as the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, Die Welt (Germany), Der Standart (Austria), the Sri Lanka Guardian, and he says, most importantly, in "Le Madawaska", New Brunswick.
Just recently, Gaston embarked on a large New Brunswick adventure. In April 2013, he toured French-speaking schools in New Brunswick, lecturing about Antarctica. He received a grant to be an artist-in-residence in Antarctica from January to March 2012. During that time he resided on the southern continent at an Argentine base, along with 250,000 penguins. From this expedition, he created a film which has already been shown in various locations in North and South America and Europe, including in Edmundston, New Brunswick. He also developed a pedagogical program for children of all ages. Assisted by his old high-school friends from Edmundston's Cité des Jeunes class of 1989, he put together a tour of New Brunswick schools. He visited francophone schools all over the North-West, from Clair to Grand-Falls to Kedgwick, all around the Acadian Peninsula, and in the Saint John area. There were 16 schools on the itinerary. He thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of bringing his Antarctica experience, and his penguin pictures, to the children of New Brunswick!
Dr. James Mark Shields (1992)
The O’Brien Foundation recognizes the scholarly achievement of Fellows as they address a wide variety of issues both here at home and around the world. One such scholarly work is that of Dr. James Mark Shields who received an O’Brien Fellowship in 1992 and is currently Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities and Asian Thought at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
He has become a recognized authority of Buddhist and comparative ethics. James Mark is the author of the first book-length treatment designed to provide a critical and constructive analysis of Critical Buddhism, particularly as it relates to modern Japanese and Buddhist thought.
This work titled Critical Buddhism: Engaging with Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought was Published by Ashgate Press (UK) in 2011. It is interesting to note that this book is a heavily revised version of his doctoral dissertation for McGill University.
When James Mark received his O’Brien Fellowship he was accepted into the graduate program of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. In addition to a Master of Philosophy, he has a Master of Arts and a PhD; the latter two degrees are from McGill. He spent five years in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan studying Japanese and conducting research.
James Mark is currently in the process of writing a second book which is a “genealogy” of progressive and radical Buddhism in modern Japan.
His first book has a link on his biography cited in Where are they now? on the O’Brien Fellows website. www.ashgate.com