Came the Lightening, a collection of 20 poems Olivia penned for George following his 2001 death, is set for release on June 21 via Genesis Publications.
“Here on the shore, 20 years later, my message in a bottle has reached dry land,” Olivia said of Came the Lightening in a statement. “Words about our life, his death but mostly love and our journey to the end.”
My book of 20 poems for George, in the 20th year of his passing, will be released on June 21st. ☀
I hope you enjoy these personal stories, recollections and reflections. Olivia Harrison
Pre-order here – https://t.co/IXlIJndsPs pic.twitter.com/UjIJjOb2ql
— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) April 21, 2022
According to Genesis Publications, the poems examine “the intimacy and emotional connection” of the Harrisons’ relationship, as well as “delve into the phenomenon of losing a partner and the passage of time.” The poetry book also features photographs and mementos curated by Olivia, including never-before-seen images of the couple from Olivia’s collection.
Martin Scorsese, who directed the Harrison doc Living in the Material World, said of Came the Lightening in a statement: “Olivia evokes the most fleeting gestures and instants, plucked from the flow of time and memory and felt through her choice of words and the overall rhythm. She might have done an oral history or a memoir. Instead, she composed a work of poetic autobiography.” Scorsese also penned an introduction for the book.
Came the Lightening, Olivia’s first poetry collection after a series of biographical works, is available to preorder now, including a limited-edition printing signed and numbered by Olivia.