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Clear Light Paperback – 4 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (4 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841956643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841956640
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.1 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of Scotland's most accomplished literary talents.

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.

(Liz Lochead)

He is a gentle writer, but never sentimental. The beautiful moments have always been earned. He is a writer to cherish, one offering deep and fulfilling pleasures. (Allan Massie)

Spence is a calm and necessary visionary ... This is Spence in essence, all openness of instinct and imagination. (Ali Smith)

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150 haiku bursting with Alan Spence's characteristic verve and wit.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ILONACAT on 3 Nov. 2007
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Alan Spence is a contemporary Scottish poet and a meditation practioner. He also writes wonderful haiku, many of them born out of (and honed by) his meditation practice. These are simply beautiful haiku, not trying to impress anybody, not trying to preach, not in fact being anything except themselves.

Read one a day. Or several. This little book is ideal for handbags and schoolbags, waiting-rooms, bus-stops, coffee-breaks, departure lounges. I think it will appeal to a wide variety of people, including those who are reluctant about "modern poetry". It could be a special gift for a friend or for oneself.
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