Review of the audiobook “Let the Light Pour In” by Lemn Sissay – a celebration of the dawn.
Let the Light Pour In is “an experiment in hope”. For 10 years, the My Name Is Why author had been rising at dawn each day, writing a poem and posting it on social media. Those poems have since been turned into songs and tattoos, and emblazoned as murals on city walls.
The project also produced a series of poems centered around the idea of the early morning and the balance between darkness and light. In his preface, Sissay describes poetry as a “daily routine” and a form of meditation that can vary in length from minutes to hours. He shares a piece of advice from a friend to approach each day with enthusiasm, which resonates with his experience of writing as a way to let in the light.
The author’s charming and energetic narration of their poems explores conversations between night and light, as well as between the head and heart. Some may find a tendency towards overly sentimental themes, but others offer clever and profound reflections on topics such as love, strength, and the natural world. As we enter a season of short days and long nights, the concise poems in Let the Light Pour In remind us that darkness is temporary and that light is always within reach, no matter the challenges we face.
The book “Let the Light Pour In” can be found on Canongate for a duration of 35 minutes.
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