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April 06 , 2009

The Journey Home


Calluses, calabash-big, are on my feet. Sugar in my veins sweetens my life. Salt preserves my flesh in this unrefrigerated land. I am woman Woe I am. I’se woman.

In this mythical-poetic collection of verse, seasoned poet Horace Goddard shares vivid imagery and energetic language as he offers a bold, refreshing, yet introspective glimpse into an African Caribbean man’s search for a home in the diaspora.

As migratory man travels from place to place and establishes ties to the land, he nurtures a perpetual yearning for the land of his origin and often wonders, “Where is home and how will I get there?” In this new collection of poems, often penned in fable-like style, Goddard questions what home means, what culture means when a person is transplanted, and what race means in a country that is predominantly black or white.

As Goddard offers a memorable lyrical journey from Africa to the Caribbean and finally to Canada, his poetry invokes emotions and nostalgia as he explores the differences in cultures and details his experiences as a traveler. It is through this celebrated poet’s eyes that many will truly understand what it is like to journey home.

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