Joseph Spring, a poet who lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been gaining recognition for his classical poetry. Twenty of his poems have been published as Let There Be Light: Collected Poems and are a joy to read.
The volume’s subtitle provides an immediate introduction as to what to expect: “Collected poems about the world and the God who made it.” Spring’s perspective is distinctively Christian, but the beauty and simplicity with which he writes should make the poems of universal appeal.
The title poem is taken from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament, and it is the Bible that provides the wellspring for many if not all of the poems. “Hebrew Dragnet” is about the fisherman’s net. “Let It Fall and Be Understood” relates to the parable of the seeds. “Census in Bethlehem” is the Christmas story. Other poems consider the use of hymnals, other gods mentioned in the Bible, and the natural world as witness to creation.
Let There Be Light is a collection to savor and enjoy, and to reread to find even more depths of meaning.