Category Archives: World War One

“Before the Battle” by Siegfried Sassoon

In honour of Remembrance Day and of the hundredth anniversary of the end of WWI, an adaptation of a poem by my favourite war poet, Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon (1886-1967) wrote this poem only a few days before the Battle of … Continue reading

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Le Grand Meaulnes

Today marks the 104th anniversary of the death of the French novelist Alain-Fournier. Henri Alban-Fournier (Alain-Fournier was a pen name) was killed in action on September 22nd, 1914, the last day of summer, at the onset of a long dark … Continue reading

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Comics adaptation of Siegfried Sassoon’s “Before the Battle” in Plough Quarterly!

The new issue of Plough Quarterly, featuring my adaptation of Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Before the Battle” (1916), is now out in print and online. You can read the comic here: https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/before-the-battle To view all of the contents of this latest … Continue reading

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Vimy 1917-2017

Today marks the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 9-12, 1917). The Allied victory cost the lives of 3600 Canadians (along with, lest we forget, an unknown, but no doubt horrifyingly high number of Germans). … Continue reading

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Teaching English Literature Through Comics – In Flanders Fields at Collège Anna de Noailles

One of the most rewarding aspects of creating poetry comics for me is hearing from teachers all around the world, from Armenia to the Philippines to Spain to right here in Montreal, that are using my work as a learning … Continue reading

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Ungaretti’s Dead Comrade Identified? – An Article by Mario Colombo

One hundred years ago today, on the 23rd of December, 1915, Giuseppe Ungaretti wrote what would become one of the most famous Italian poems of the First World War,  the very short but infinitely moving “Veglia” (“Vigil”). The 27-year-old poet … Continue reading

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“In Flanders Field” by John McCrae (1915)

In honour of Remembrance Day, I am reposting my adaptation into comics of “In Flanders Fields) the famous WWI poem by John McCrae. The poem was originally created as part of my residency at the Victoria University of Wellington in … Continue reading

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