The North Shore of Home

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In warm-hearted prose and poetry, in a voice keenly tuned to the music of Prince Edward Island English, Frank Ledwell explores the Island's North Shore, and especially the richly historied community of St. Peter's Bay. He evokes its shorelines, bay, coves, and dunes; its stories and legends; and its people, through fictionalized characters. Taken together, his poems and stories create a portrait of a community surviving through the Depression and the Second World War -- a community at the Island's edge and at the...
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In warm-hearted prose and poetry, in a voice keenly tuned to the music of Prince Edward Island English, Frank Ledwell explores the Island's North Shore, and especially the richly historied community of St. Peter's Bay. He evokes its shorelines, bay, coves, and dunes; its stories and legends; and its people, through fictionalized characters. Taken together, his poems and stories create a portrait of a community surviving through the Depression and the Second World War -- a community at the Island's edge and at the very cusp of the dramatic changes that would affect all small Prince Edward Island communities in the post-war years. Since it was first published in 1986, Frank Ledwell's The North Shore of Home has had an enduring place in Island literature. Long out-of-print, it is now being reissued.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894838047
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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The unofficial poet laureate of Prince Edward Island, Frank Ledwell is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Prince Edward Island, and one of the Island's foremost poets and storytellers. He performs his poems and stories regularly around the Island with the trio Crowbush, which includes singer-songwriter Allan Rankin and fiddler Roy Johnstone. He is the author of Crowbush and other Poems and Dip & Veer: Reflections on the Art of Alex Colville. His spoken word CD, Being Islanders, produced in 2001, has been broadcast on CBC Radio's Connections. Frank lives in North Wiltshire.
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Table of Contents

Somewhere along these red cliffs ... 1
The North Shore of Home 2
Island Morning 4
October Morning 5
Ronald Dan's Story: The Early Days 7
Micmac 11
The Sister's Story 13
My father told me ... 16
Winter, a Reverie 17
Home from Away 20
The Corsican Brothers 25
This is still my country ... 29
Haying 31
Old Home Week 33
Summer Storm at St. Peter's Bay 34
What can be said ... 35
Dougald the Teacher 37
Mary MacLellan 43
Teacher's Convention 44
A. A. MacAulay, D.P., P.P. 46
From this church 51
Father Ted's Story: A Diary Fragment 52
In the Dark Boxes 62
We seize on ... 63
Dr. Roddie: 1858-1961 65
How Do You Do, Margaret? 69
A speck on the horizon ... 71
Elegy for a Simple Man 72
Smelting 74
The Hitchhiker 77
Allan and Sarah 79
The good farmer ... 81
Blood Lines 83
Mick Mooney 91
The Rats: George's Story 92
Joe Flora 95
Flora 99
Hungry Thirties 101
Johnny Pin Cushion 102
Circumstantial Evidence 107
To go off to the war ... 108
The War 109
Cecil 111
Quiet Alex 119
Jimmy Paddy Charlie 120
Since we first came over ... 127
The Guest 128
The Haunted House 130
Rare Birds 134
Friday the Thirteenth 135
And what about temperance ... 136
Charley Jim Angus 137
The Day Rory MacLaren Lost His Religion 140
The Manly Art 143
From this green silence ... 149
The Ballad of Barney Dick and Little Joe 150
Hector 153
Christmas Tree 155
The Daily Train 157
Evening 163
The Evening of the Fifth Day 164
For most of us here 167
Evening at Savage Harbour 168
Early Sorrow 169
Coming Home 170
From the ABEGWEIT 171
Blue Heron 172
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