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The Long Walk

The Long Walk

Paperback : 9780889774490, 65 pages, October 2016

Table of contents

Courage 

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Haydn: The Unpublished Sonatas

Notes and Acknowledgements

Description

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. 

 

Reviews

"The Long Walk carries a lifetime's force of meaning. A deeply beautiful book." Anne Michaels

"Zwicky accomplishes a concordance of rhythm, internal rhyme and subtly linked imagery (e.g. "continents," "shapes," "sea") that, in turn, enables the beloved to embody all the significance--all the strength and frailty, beauty and terror--of the world." - ARC Magazine