One of the world’s foremost writers, Canadian poet, novelist and memoirist Michael Ondaatje writes at the intersection of cultures, often disrupting conventional forms. While he is best known as the author of The English Patient (later made into an Academy Award-winning film), he is also acclaimed for his poetry, including Handwriting, and The Cinnamon Peeler. His other prose books include Running in the Family, Anil’s Ghost, The Skin of the Lion, Coming Through Slaughter and The Collected Works of Billy The Kid. “Writing poetry and fiction, momentarily clutching his Asian heritage then spinning it off like a jitterbug partner, Ondaatje and his imagination can leap continents in a single paragraph” (Voice Literary Supplement).
Application For A Driving License
Two birds loved
in a flurry of red feathers
like a burst cottonball,
continuing while I drove over them.
I am a good driver, nothing shocks me.
- Michael Ondaatje Reading the Cinnamon Peeler. Hamilton Tolles Lecture. 9 April 2009.
- “The Aesthete: The novel and Michael Ondaatje” by Louis Menand. The New Yorker. 4 June 2007.
- Interview with Michael Ondaatje (English Patient). 11 March 2009.
Seminar | October 26, 2010
Reading | October 26, 2010