Hockey is far too deeply ingrained in the national psyche of Canada to be dismissed as merely a game. It is a passion. It flows in our blood and inhabits our language, our dreams, our landscape, and our history.[i Time of the Last Goa[/il is Bruce Meyer's examination of his relation to the game of hockey, a tradition that has been passed down to him through his family, his birth city of Toronto, and his love of literature. At the core of the way we perceive the sport in this country is the strange question we will inevitably have to face someday: why is tragedy absent from Canadian literature? In this testament to hope, poetic justice, and the annual raising of the grail, Meyer examines the core concepts that are the love and lifeblood of a nation.
Bruce Meyer is author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, scholarship, and pedagogy including the national bestseller, [iThe Golden Thread[/i (2000), and [iHeroes[/i (2007). His most recent books of poetry are [iMesopotamia[/i (2007) and [iDog Days: A Comedy of Terriers[/i (2007). His memoir, [iAlphabet Table[/i appeared in 2010 from Black Moss Press. He was winner of the E.J. Pratt Gold Medals for Poetry (1980, 1981), and was shortlisted for the Arlene Lampert Prize (1989).Bruce is professor of English at Georgian College in Barrie where he teaches in the Laurentian University BA Program. He was Artistic Director of the Leacock Summer Festival of Canadian Literature from 1999 to 2009, and his broadcasts for CBC Radio, The Great Books and Great Poetry are the network's bestselling spoken word CD series. He lives in Barrie, Ontario.