The poet was born in Sri Lanka, born 1943 but has been a Canadian citizen since teenage years. His work you are most likely to know is a novel which was also filmed: "The English Patient". This poem was written in about 1982.
The picture is of a Rodian girl from Sri Lanka, maybe 70 years ago. The Rodi are a mysterious, beautiful people once treated as untouchables. This poem is about touching.
This video was removed by YouTube and my account lost its good standing, with the threat of closure. Youtube didn't say what the problem was - it might have been the poem itself or the picture. Roger Ebert took up the matter with YouTube - you can read the story here http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/p...
The picture came from this website. It's the last link on the page. Google will find it (and all other images I have ever used) with Safe Search. set to "Strict". http://www.lankalibrary.com/cul/rodi.htm