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The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

120 pages
Published:   May 1, 1994
Poetry  /  Fiddlehead Poetry
Paperback:   9780864921789    $12.95

Eric Trethewey's poetry embodies both his hard Nova Scotia boyhood and his professional understanding of his craft. His voice is controlled — even laconic — yet his vision is profound, and his mastery gives classic verse forms new resonance. The Long Road Home explores the contradition between the hope for epiphanic closure and the knowledge that nothing is left behind, ended or perfectly accomplished. But, in true Maritime spirit, this hidden grief often bursts out in ironic comedy.


Eric Trethewey (1943) was born in Hants County, NS, and now lives in Roanoke, Virginia, where he teaches English at Hollins University. Evening Knowledge (1991) won second prize in the Virginia Prize for Poetry. Trethewey writes fiction and drama, and his screenplay The Home Waltz won the Virginia Governor's Screenwriting Competition in 1988.