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9/29 - "Candescent" by Linda Parsons

Join us for a reading Sunday, September 29th at 2:00pm with poet and Weekly Wordstream host Linda Parsons for her recently published Candescent: Poems.

About the Book

Fire is the fulcrum on which the losses in Candescent are bound and purified. Linda Parsons’s fifth collection gathers the tinder of fallen idols and smudges her changed life with burning sage—the loss of a marriage, the long decline of a father into dementia, the passing of a beloved dog. Candescence smolders within, flown like ashes of the past. In this journey from grief to humility and discovery, she at last finds her dragon voice, bows to the impermanence that infuses our earthly time. We can carry grief on our backs or in our bodies, or we can allow it to illuminate and deepen our path forward. What lifts this collection into new territory is Parsons’s conscious path to healing and acceptance through Buddhist meditation. Using the images of meditation is a way for her writing to act as a healing practice not only for herself, but for all who hear and read the poems, a laying on of hands and words, light begetting light.

About the Author

Linda Parsons coordinates WordStream, WDVX-FM’s weekly reading series, with Stellasue Lee and is the reviews editor at Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She has contributed to The Georgia ReviewIowa ReviewPrairie SchoonerSouthern Poetry ReviewThe Chattahoochee ReviewBaltimore ReviewShenandoah, and Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, among many other journals and anthologies. Parsons is the copy editor for Chapter 16, Tennessee’s literary website, and playwright-in-residence for The Hammer Ensemble, the social justice wing of Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. Candescent is her fifth poetry collection (Iris Press, 2019).


Event Date: 
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 2:00pm
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Candescent Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604542578
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Iris Press - August 1st, 2019