Joni Mitchell is one of the greatest songwriters of the late 20th century. For over forty years her powerful lyrics have compelled listeners to dig deeper. This one of a kind collection finally allows even her most passionate fans to do just that.Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs includes more than fifty original contributions by acclaimed writers such as Wally Lamb and Fred Wah, as well as many of Mitchell’s long-time friends and creative collaborators. These diverse voices celebrate Mitchell’s poetic craft and the profound impact of her words on their lives.Joni Mitchell has endorsed these explorations, and Gathered Light is the collection that fans of this legendary artist have been waiting for.
About the authors
Editors Lisa and John Sornberger live and write poetry and educational materials in Connecticut. They are thrilled by the creative energy and spirit of collaboration on this project.
Joni Mitchell was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, and began her career singing in coffeehouses of Saskatoon and busking on the streets in Toronto. Her albums Song to a Seagull, Clouds, and Ladies of the Canyon helped her to become a folk music icon, and in 1997 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was appointed a Companion to the Order of Canada in 2002.
Joni has always had an otherworldly ability to weave words and images in exquisite ways, connecting us with aspects of the world—and parts of ourselves—that we never knew existed. A journey into Joni’s work is a journey into your own soul.
Tom Rush, singer-songwriter
It's great you're doing this. I have listened to Joni Mitchell for years, admiring her dry wit, sly timing, and gorgeous intelligence.
Gary Snyder, poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Blessings on Joni Mitchell, poet, painter, and songwriter, whom I think of as a magical companion through my life.