A spellbinding evocation of the power of memory and the spirit of place
Set in the small farming community of Blomidon on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, The Blomidon Logs starts with tales of Glooscap and a leaky old cabin. Complete with the wild imagination of youth and rumours of a drowned artist, the book moves up the road to a new A-frame cottage and back in time to the generations who preceded the author at Blomidon, providing a rich heritage of farmland, beach, and stories. Taking its title from the logbooks kept by Dwyer’s parents, the collection is about childhood, family, and a time when summer meant freedom and outdoor play. The poems refer to the legends of the First Nations chief/god who once made his home at Blomidon and celebrate the work of farmers, loggers, and their families and predecessors who have made, and somehow still make, a living from the land.
Deirdre Dwyer is the author of two collections, The Breath That Lightens the Body and Going to the Eyestone. She has worked as an ESL instructor in Japan; travelled in Asia, Europe, and in an old Volkswagen van across Canada and the U.S.; taught at universities in Halifax; and helped found a farmers’ market in her hometown. She lives in Musquodoboit Harbour, on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore, with her golden retriever, Molly.
”If there is such a thing as summer poetry — where you drag your Muskoka chair into the July shade, and curl up to read the entire book in a single iced-tea gulp — The Blomidon Logs is it. Deirdre Dwyer's poetry is arresting and lyrical . . . Dwyers' poems seem to read themselves aloud, and the listener is transported back to the days of childhood storytelling and possibility.” — Scene Magazine