A headshot photo of Dr. Madhur Anand
Dr. Madhur Anand

Dr. Madhur Anand, a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences and director of U of G’s Guelph Institute for Environmental Research, contributed a poem for CBC Books that explores the theme of Moving Forward.

The poem, entitled “Normal Forms on Hope Bay,” reflects on science, art and emerging from the third wave of the pandemic.

Anand explained that as an ecologist who creates models that introduce disturbances into “normal” ecosystems, she has learned that small changes can have big impacts, that warning signs are not always obvious, and that there are plenty of unintended consequences.

Anand’s experimental memoir, This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart: A Memoir of Halves, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction in 2020.

“Moving Forward” is a special series of new, original writing by the English-language winners of the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Awards, and presented in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.