Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse

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Listen To The Candle is a booklength reflection on the poet's life. Listening followings Jakarta as the seconds step in a projected trilogy: Self-knowledge is more at issue than self-alienation; art perhaps overshadows politics; Rilke is more the poem's guide than pound.
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Overview

Listen To The Candle is a booklength reflection on the poet's life. Listening followings Jakarta as the seconds step in a projected trilogy: Self-knowledge is more at issue than self-alienation; art perhaps overshadows politics; Rilke is more the poem's guide than pound.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scott's life has been uniquely broad: he was in the Canadian diplomatic service during the 1950s, active in the anti-war movement during the '60s, and has written six nonfiction books that attack governmental policies. These autobiographical elements form the core of this impressive book-length poem--the second volume of a projected trilogy, sequel to Coming to Jakarta . Through 200 pages of tight three-line stanzas, the poet extends the limits of personal history by incorporating quotations (sometimes only three words) from over 150 sources in a context that stretches his emotional journey. Past and present converge, but the imagery is so relevant to its particular time that readers should easily locate themselves. The speaker and a friend sit down to breakfast, for example, and ``set out the milk carton / with the face of the missing child.'' Art, politics and business intertwine, as when Scott notes that Van Gogh's Irises , ``too expensive to keep,'' went on auction as Sotheby's on ``The day that Wall Street / fell 508 points.'' The subtitle makes one wish more contemporary poets gave way to such uninhibited yet crafted exploration. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811212144
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Series: Paperbook Ser.
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Exceptional collection

    Professor Peter Dale Scott combines the sensibility of the poet with the extraordinary observations and nuances of the diplomat par excellence. Together with his most recent contribution to contemporary literature, "Orpheus Mosaic," and with the earlier "Crossing Borders," Dr. Scott lets the reader experience the intimacies of his personal friendships, both lifelong and causual, as well as the well-reasoned convictions of his political thoughts which without fail disturb, incite and inspire.

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