Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lorri Neilsen Glenn: Threading Light

What an honour and delight to hear Lorri Neilsen Glenn read from her new collection Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry, launched in Regina by Hagios Press on December 7, 2011.

Lorri Neilsen Glenn - photo by Shelley Banks
Lorri Neilsen Glenn 
In her preface, she calls this book a "parcel of essay, verse and anecdote" — factual, perhaps; an understatement, certainly!

Better, her later description:
Here, on the page, memory can ligate, light can be threaded and woven through darkness. What we remember can serve as both binding and bridge long after our bodies, these fragile tumbling bonehouses, have gone. 
Or, as poet Shawna Lemay writes:
A journey of the body, the soul, and the intellect. This is a glorious book, the book I was waiting for. 
I've known Lorri, the former Halifax Poet Laureate (2005-2009), for several years through Writers and Artists Colonies at St. Peter's Abbey (now the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild Retreats Program) and loved her Thursday night readings, her calm  voice, her haunting words.

This book is beautiful, Lorri. Congrats — and thanks!


Tracy Hamon, Mitch Spray, Lorri Neilsen Glenn - photo by Shelley Banks
Okay, that top photo is WAY too serious, Lorri!
(With fellow poets Tracy Hamon and Mitch Spray.) 


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