The Long Walk
ISBN: 978-0-88977-449-0
Series: Oskana Poetry & Poetics 2
Year: 2016
Pages: 80
Binding: Paperback
$19.95

In The Long Walk, Jan Zwicky bears witness to environmental and cultural cataclysm. Both prophetic and acutely personal, these poems extend her previous meditations on colonial barbarism and ecocide, on spiritual catastrophe and transformation. The voice now penetrates the steepest darknesses; it possesses extraordinary reach and density. Zwicky is one of North America's finest poets and in this book she gives us her most profound work to date. 

THE LONG WALK
courage
I
into the gap
to the pass
gate
break
securing the house
depth
II
witness
near
in the shadow of a new age
desire
grief
The Old Dream
Terminal
Night Farm
Leaving
intelligence
nocturne, upper gagetown, 21 august 1991
III
departure at dawn
brahms: ballade in b minor, opus 10 no. 4
yes
no
meditation looking west from the berkeley hills
philosophy
physics
IV
other people’s country
under the storm
the ruined garden
europe
the last adagio
late love
into the dark
consummatum est
letter to simplikios
in winter
humility
seeing
above the falls
haydn: the unpublished sonatas

Jan Zwicky

Winner of the Governor General's Award for poetry and the Dorothy Livesay, Jan Zwicky has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, Forge, and Wisdom & Metaphor.
"The poems in The Long Walk are steeped in that kind of patient reflectiveness they traverse the personal landscape of memories, bitter and sweet, but their territory is also the wider world...These are poems of exquisite lyric grace and deep feeling."
Barb Carey , The Star
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