Jon Whyte: Mind over Mountains

Jon Whyte: Mind over Mountains

by Jon Whyte
     
 

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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,

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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.

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Complemented with photographs and artwork reproductions, Jon Whyte: Mind Over Mountains introduces previously unpublished work along with his best-known writings and includes a foreword by longtime friend and writer Myrna Kostash.

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.
From the Publisher

Contribute to your own intelligence - buy Jon Whyte: Mind Over Mountains."
--Alberta Views

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889952041
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
09/10/2002
Series:
Poetry Series
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Jon Whyte is a Red Deer Press author.

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