George Harrison's widow Olivia has written a book of poetry dedicated to her late husband. Entitled Came The Lightening, the collection includes 20 poems that Olivia penned to the former Beatles member following his death in 2001.
Came The Lightening is set for publication on June 21 via Genesis Publications. In a statement, Olivia said: “Here on the shore, 20 years later, my message in a bottle has reached dry land. Words about our life, his death but mostly love and our journey to the end.”
According to a public statement from Genesis Publications, the poems will explore “the intimacy and emotional connection” of the Harrisons’ relationship, and “delve into the phenomenon of losing a partner and the passage of time.” The collection will also contain some never-before-seen images of the couple and an introduction written by famous filmmaker Martin Scorsese — who directed a 2011 documentary about George called Living in the Material World.
Regarding the book, Scorsese said: “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.”
In other George Harrison news, an official music video for Harrison's solo song "My Sweet Lord" was released in December. It features a star-studded cast, including Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Mark Hamill, Weird "Al" Yankovic, Darren Criss, Ringo Starr, and more. Olivia Harrison herself even makes an appearance.
You can pre-order Came The Lightening here.
See a preview of the book below.
My book of 20 poems for George, in the 20th year of his passing, will be released on June 21st. ☀— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) April 21, 2022
I hope you enjoy these personal stories, recollections and reflections. Olivia Harrison
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