Light and Ending

Rob surveys 12 poetry collections from his bookshelf to find out how they end.  He’s basing his research on something he read recently in Douglas Coupland’s The Gum Thief:

“It’s not in every book, but it’s in most books. It’s this: when a book ends, the characters are often moving either towards or away from a source of light – literally – like carrying a candle into a dark room or running a red light at an intersection or opening curtains or falling into a well or – this list goes on. I circled all the bits about light and there’s no mistaking it.”

My immediate reaction is to be sceptical, but I don’t have enough to ground my scepticism in, so I just thought I’d post this up here and think for a little while.

Surroundings: Ending a Collection.

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