Burning The Candle


Language: English

ISBN: 9781843236764

Current Publication Date: 2006

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 112

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Only some people are lured by 'the long poem' - compelled, somehow, to filter and shape experience into a sustained, symphonic whole. In Burning the Candle Christine Evans explores the nature of light itself, from match-flame to lighthouse beam, prism colours to golden cave of myth. And always there is light's counterpoint: the darkness of night, and of death. Her narrative is engaging and personal, the tune of her words deceptively simple, but the spacious, ambitious 'long poem' makes room for philosophical and spiritual questions which lead, almost in spite of themselves, towards the most tender of celebrations.

This memorable poem is accompanied by a log of its making and 'spin-off poems' from the same period which provide a unique insight into how the writer was made 'alert, quickened, like a struck bell, sounding.'