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The Anachronicles is a collection of unusually rich poems that are both proto-and post-colonial. The title itself—melding the two words ’anachronism’ and ’chronicle’ — points to how the poems explore events and exchanges in one place from two points in time.
The place itself is La Audiencia Beach in Mexico. Instead of portraying history from the present looking backwards, McWhirter has the past looking forward to foresee and comment on what is to happen as a result of the early exploration.
Here Hernán Cortés and his Lieutenant-Conqueror of Colima, Sandoval, appraise the antics of Bo Derek and other stars as they make the movie 10 — on the same beach where four hundred years earlier their crews built three brigantines to explore what is now called the Sea of Cortez.
The verse-logs then follow explorer Don Caamaño and his successors up the Pacific Coast to where John McKay (aka Sean McKoy), an Irishman, was left to recuperate from a sickness among the Nootka/Nuu-chah-nulth on Vancouver Island. The final poem, "Hops," retells the Irish legend of the goddess Liadan and the poet Cuirithir, whose voices travel to one another from Canada and Ireland. The dialogue travels from the end of the last millennium to the 1950s, highlighting their present-day divided Christian-pagan roles as mortal man and woman in holy orders.
About the Author
George McWhirter is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and fiction. His translation of selected poems by Jose Emilio Pacheco won him the F.R. Scott Prize for translation. Mr. McWhirter's collection, Catalan Poems, shared the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and his novel, Cage, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 1987.
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- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Ronsdale Press (April 15, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1553800540
- ISBN-13: 978-1553800545
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