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Available Light

Available Light

176 pages
Published:   October 1, 2002
Paperback:   9781550549591    $22.95

Available Light is a critically acclaimed collection of haunting and unforgettable meditations from one of Acadie's best-loved poets. Moving from playful erudition to melancholy, Chiasson explores essential questions about art and creativity, while at the same time delving into the roots of the Acadian experience. Touching on the lives and work of numerous artists, including Rimbaud, Kerouac, Picasso, Giotto, Cendrars, and Duchamp, Chiasson offers a modernist perspective on the masterpieces of the past. With essays extending from art to literature, from memory to a child's crayons, he explores his subjects with the rich palette of a poet, bringing together a collection of "récits des apprentissages," which comment on the panoply of human experience.


Herménégilde Chiasson is one of Canada's most accomplished writer-artists. He is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, over 30 plays, and several collections of essays. A multi-disciplinary artist, he has received numerous awards for his work, including the Governor General’s Award for poetry, the Molson Prize, le prix France-Acadie, le Grand prix de la francophonie canadienne, the prestigious Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and the Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie. From 2003 to 2009, he served as Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.

Wayne Grady is an award-winning author and translator. He won the Governor General's Award for his translation of Antonine Maillet's On the Eighth Day.