Ancestral Voices: Identity, Ethnic Roots and a Genocide Remembered
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By Alan Whitehorn
This collection of personal and political poems follows the author's existential journey. The book opens with a description of life in the Armenian diaspora and then takes the reader on an odyssey to the author's ancestral homeland. The poems provide an intellectual journey to the four points of the Armenian compass, where history and remembrance of the 1915 genocide dominate the landscape. The direction of contemporary Armenian society is also explored. The book closes with reflections on the quest for identity in a complex and cosmopolitan world.
Alan Whitehorn is a poet and emeritus professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada located in Kingston. He is the grandson of an orphan of the Armenian Geocide. He was born in the UK and immigrated to Canada in the 1950s. As a poet, he explores the issue of genocide and its impact on Armenian identity.
Hybrid Publishing Co-op Ltd. (2007)