Alan Spence's collection of haiku beautifully explores brief moments in time, from making a cup of tea to a summer downpour. There are 150 poems, perfect for dipping into or reading in one sitting. Delightful.
Clear Light contains 150 haiku bursting with Alan Spence's characteristic verve and wit.
Mythic and mesmerising, inspiring and hilarious, these poems shed clear light on the delights, hardships, breakthroughs and frustrations of the world of the momentary.
Simple in form, these haiku request a fresh look at the familiar and leave us reeling at how much in the world, from the exotic to the everyday, we have yet to observe.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
"Alan's poems are glorious. Sharp, clear-eyed, seasonal, cyclical, devastatingly sensuous little moments that catch the heart with intimations of the whole big thing of being alive, here, now. So precise they make you want to sneeze, or laugh. A joy and a delight."
“Spence is a calm and necessary visionary ... This is Spence in essence, all openness of instinct and imagination.”
Ali Smith review
Publication date: 04/08/2005
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
|Publication date:||4th August 2005|
|Publisher:||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Poetry,|
|Categories:||Poetry by individual poets,|
Alan Spence is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. His awards include the McVitie Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. He is based in Edinburgh where he and his wife run the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre. He is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen, where he is also Artistic Director of the annual WORD Festival. Author photograph © Calum ColvinMore About Alan Spence