poetry by Candice James
Words, when strung together like a beautiful rare necklace, are priceless, indestructible and eternal. Poetry is the grand ballroom these words live, breathe and dance in. Poetry waltzes into the heart and creates passionate rhapsodies and tender symphonies for the soul. Her playground of emotions is peppered with excitement, enchantment, love, harmony, sorrow, heartache, empathy and bereavement. Poetry is the rhythm of the universe painted onto paper with pen, ink and imagination.
This book of sonnets is alive with emotions and vivid imagery borrowed from the many splendoured paintings that light the canyons of the heart. Sonnets are the agony and the ecstasy of the human condition and hearts in transition. These verses are the midnight embers of the soul, some sparking and bursting into flame, others the residue of a passion so deep that it still warms the heart long after the fire has died.
I am the essence of my words today; A living breathing poem newly born. If it be worked into a tragic play Then channelled out in music through a horn I'll write to recompose myself again Into a sonnet for the world to read. To germinate and be blessed by the rain, Those words that grew so tall from such small seed. But if by chance this book of me you close And lay it on the shelf to gather dust, You'll miss the dew kissed essence of the rose And all my silver words will turn to rust. I give to you my essence in this breath; These living breathing words that know no death.
– Janet Kvammen
About the Author
Candice James is a poet, musician, singer, songwriter and visual artist. She is currently in her second 3 year term as Poet Laureate of The City of New Westminster. She is President and founder of The Royal City Literary Arts Society; a full member of The League of Canadian Poets; Board Advisor The International Muse (India); Honorary Professor at the International Arts Academy (Greece); Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers; Past Director of SpoCan; Past President of Slam Central Spoken Word; creator of the long running events "Poetic Justice" and "Poetry in the Park". She is the recipient of "Writers International Network's Distinguished Poet Award " and recipient of the Pentasi B "Woman of Prestige Award " (Philippines). She was a judge for the Jessamy Stursberg Canadian Youth Poet Award 2012 and is a judge for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award 2014.
Candice is the author of 8 books of poetry "A SPLIT IN THE WATER" - Fiddlehead Poetry Books 1979; "INNER HEART – A Journey" (Silver Bow 2010); "BRIDGES AND CLOUDS" (Silver Bow 2011); "MIDNIGHT EMBERS – A Book of Sonnets" (Libros Libertad 2012); "SHORELINES" (Silver Bow 2013); "EKPHRASTICISM – PAINTED WORDS"(Silver Bow 2013); "PURPLE HAZE" (Libros Libertad 2014); and "A SILENCE OF ECHOES" (Silver Bow 2014). Her 9th book of poetry "Merging Dimensions" will be publishing in early 2015 by Ekstasis Editions.
Candice has been a featured on radio and TV shows "Shaw TV"; "Wax Poetic", "World Poetry Café", and "Story Time". She has also been featured poet, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and panelist at "Word on the Street"; "Black Dot Cultural Collective"; "Write on The Beach" and "Lit Fest New West". Her poems have appeared in a variety of international anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and e-zines. Candice presents her poetry in schools and at literary events. She has a monthly column "Poet's Corner" in the Piffle Magazine since 2011.
"Candice James is a poet with many facets to her poetry. In this book of sonnets she takes us on a journey through the agonies and ecstasies of love and then with the flow of her pen leads us seamlessly to the darker underside of the human psyche.
In Midnight Embers, Candice burns the essence of love's sweet perfume onto our souls to reveal its burnt offerings. Each sonnet is a true masterpiece of form. I found parts of myself deep within her words as she writes from that place in the heart we have all visited on those long lonely nights."
– Janet Kvammen