"The Long Walk carries a lifetime's force of meaning. A deeply beautiful book." Anne Michaels
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.
Winner of the Governor General's Award for poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Prize, Jan Zwicky has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, Forge, and Wisdom & Metaphor. She lives in Victoria, BC.
"Full of grief and love, The Long Walk pushes us to have that courage to look at what’s painful to see, to find stillness in movement, movement in stillness. If you need a motto for the new year, solvitur ambulando—it is solved by walking." - Amy Reiswig, Focus Magazine
"Poems of exquisite lyric grace and deep feeling." - Toronto Star
"A wide-ranging collection that addresses environmental devastation and the ongoing refugee crisis alongside responses to Brahms and Simplikios... The Long Walk is a rewarding read that secures Oskana as an exciting new Prairie-based [series]." - Cassidy McFadzean, SaskBooks
"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