Jon Whyte: Mind over Mountains

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"Post-modernism was nice while it lasted, I believe. Thank goodness it's over."

So wrote Jon Whyte, a contrarian and poet ahead of his time.

From the late 1960s to his untimely death in 1992, Banff's Jon Whyte was a guiding spirit among those who loved the arts and the Rockies. Though variously a filmmaker, bookseller, publisher, local historian, museum-keeper, critic and columnist, Jon Whyte was always and most fundamentally a poet.

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Overview

"Post-modernism was nice while it lasted, I believe. Thank goodness it's over."

So wrote Jon Whyte, a contrarian and poet ahead of his time.

From the late 1960s to his untimely death in 1992, Banff's Jon Whyte was a guiding spirit among those who loved the arts and the Rockies. Though variously a filmmaker, bookseller, publisher, local historian, museum-keeper, critic and columnist, Jon Whyte was always and most fundamentally a poet.

Jon Whyte: Mind Over Mountains traces his poetic career from his early years as part of Edmonton's fertile 1960s literary community, through his acclaimed 1982 poem Homage: Henry Kelsey, to Fells of Brightness, his visionary evocation of the "Shining Mountains."

Complemented with photographs and artwork reproductions, Jon Whyte: Mind Over Mountains introduces previously unpublished work along with his best-known writings and includes a foreword by longtime friend and writer Myrna Kostash.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-While this anthology by Canadian authors does have stories about teen pregnancy, child abuse, and drug and alcohol related tales, its emphasis is refreshingly broader than typical "teen issues." Brian Doyle's "It's hot today." is short-story writing at its finest. It slowly reels readers into an ordinary day in the life of a boy who imagines big-screen heroics as he stalks through his city at the end of World War II. Story layers are shuffled, shifting from boyhood innocence to the surrounding drama that pierces his revelry. While the city celebrates, Doyle shrewdly exposes the loss accompanying victory. Martha Brooks's "The Kindness of Strangers" is a gritty and unsentimental account about a son's severed ties from the mother he adores because of the new man in her life. Jillian Horton's "The Bicycle" paints the story of a young gifted pianist taken under the wing of her well-meaning but controlling Tante Rose. The brightest gems in this collection are subtle, understated, and powered by an artful glimpse that re-creates a meaningful moment. While a few of these selections miss the mark, many more are right on target.-Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889952041
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/10/2002
  • Series: Poetry Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Vandervlist teaches modern and contemporary literature at the University of Calgary. He completed his Ph.D. at McMaster University in 1992.

MYRNA KOSTASH is a writer and journalist living in Edmonton. She has written plays, film scripts, and books, including the bestselling "All of Baba's Children".

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
When The World was Five Years Old 3
I've always lived across the street ... 4
Ike Mills' Finishing School 5
Falling in Love 13
Alma Ata 14
Eyes' Size 17
Larix Lyallii 18
Didactyllic 20
Poem in form labyrinth 21
Dinosaurs Mean So Much to Morris 22
The Place Where the Lost Things Go 23
The Agony of Mrs. Stone 29
Part y[superscript e] First: List 53
Part y[superscript e] Second: Etomomi 62
Part y[superscript e] Third: Nivation 83
Interlude: Dreambearer 91
Part y[superscript e] Fourth: Flensing 93
Two Notes 108
Preface 112
Sources 116
Letter to Mary Townsend Sharples Schaffer Warren 141
Some notes and explanations 148
Preface 151
Sapta 153
Neptuak 155
Wenkchemna 156
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