Celtic Highway


128 pages
ISBN 0-894800-09-5
DDC C811'.54





Reviewed by Susan McKnight

Susan McKnight is an administrator of the Courts Technology Integrated Justice Project at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.


Although he was not born in Canada, Trevor Carolan has embedded himself
in the Canadian West Coast world, serving as a municipal councilor and
as a civic affairs writer for the North Shore News.

Celtic Highway is a collection of poems about Carolan’s search for
his roots. His life began in England but his family immigrated to Canada
in 1957. He studied English with Allan Ginsberg and Gary Snyder, and his
participation in the Haight-Ashbury scene may have led to his discovery
of the Taoist-Buddhist philosophy that permeates his work. His travels
have taken him to Hawaii, Southeast Asia, the American Southwest, and
Alberta, among other places.

Celtic Highway touches on all these influences, as well as his family,
his teachers, his friends, and, above all, his experiences as a husband
and parent. His style is simple yet elegant, infused with the warmth and
understanding that comes from a calm and grounded mind.


Carolan, Trevor., “Celtic Highway,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 24, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/17769.