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Available Light

Available Light

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 cultural icons. He is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, over 30 plays, and several collections of essays. A filmmaker, visual artist, curator, and widely published author, he has received numerous awards for his work, including the Governor General's Award for poetry, le prix France-Acadie, the prestigious Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and the Prix quinquennal Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie. In 2003, he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.

Wayne Grady has translated eight novels and edited six anthologies of short stories. He won the Governor General's Award for his translation of On the Eighth Day by Antonine Maillet and was nominated for the 2005 Governor General's Award for his translation of Francine D'Amour's Return from Africa.

176 pages
Pub date: October 1, 2002