Listening To The Candle

Poetry by Peter Scott

A sequel to Peter Dale Scott’s critically acclaimed long political poem Coming to Jakarta, Listening to the Candle is a booklength reflection on the poet’s life. Listening follows Jakarta as the second 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. Like Jakarta, Listening to the Candle proves to be “almost hypnotically readable… [with] a seemingly digressive development that suddenly pulls tight as a net around the reader and the subject” (Alan Williamson, AGNI).

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Peter Scott

Contemporary Canadian poet, journalist and diplomat