The Lantern Bearers

The Lantern Bearers

By Elizabeth Burns

The Lantern Bearers begins and ends with sequences on real and metaphorical journeys – a child sets out into the world, the artist Gwen John explores her life through paintings. In between, Burns writes about landscapes, memories and hidden histories, in poems full of what one reviewer has called ‘her infinite tenderness for the small, forgotten things of the world, for the healing and light of human relationships’.

‘Very potent writing: powerful and enjoyable.’
Other Poetry

‘…this fine new book… The texture of her writing relies on her excellent sense of the colour, shape, weight of material things, and the way the light falls…’

‘These poems are like handmade lace, detailed and accurate, carefully constructed with an unswerving eye for detail.’
The North