Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry
By Lorri Neilsen Glenn
Hagios Press / 144pp / $18.95
Lorri Neilsen Glenn served as Halifax’s Poet Laureate from 2005 to 2009. With Threading Light, the sure scribe continues to “attract people to the literary world” with rhythmic prose that makes poetry reachable to the most reluctant of readers.
The new work explores personal and shared grief through true stories, poetic interludes, essays and insights from an array of esteemed artists and philosophers. Each vignette looks at loss; loved ones, homes, the past and freedoms both here at home and overseas.
As such, singular passages should not be overlooked nor undernoted. “When we pay close attention to anything – a bird wing, a man sleeping on an open grate, the horizon – it becomes a magnificent world worthy of attention,” writes the author, each phrase meriting careful consideration. To that end, the bigger beauty is found in the details of daily life.
Like tombstones, or notes scribbled in a second hand book, Threading Light is a trip though time; a trail of creative crumbs left behind for readers to gather, feast upon, and find comfort in. ~ Michelle Brunet