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  • Sketch & Enthuse

    Two new poems - one a quick sketch of a Greenbelt moment, and another my first ever attempt at a sonnet.

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  • On Poetry

     

    I've written poems for as about as long as I can remember. I love the way that I'm forced to pick words in a way that I don't always do with prose. In doing so, I like to cut the word count down to the bare minimum - often it is a good discipline. Somehow, writing poetically allows moods to take shape, ideas to flow, moments to be encapsulated. And when I read poems, that is what I'm looking for as well - that the writer articulates more than just an idea - that their words paint a picture, express emotion, stir up a thought process and lead us into fresh mind-scapes. 

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  • Disciples in the Modern City #4

     

    My last three articles for Ansty Road and St. Columba's picked up on talks that Rowan Williams made to a URC Ministers Gathering focusing of the stories of three women who exemplified the costly call of Christian discipleship whilst challenging their traditional church leadership. Each were remarkable, awkward, rebellious, idealistic, radical women who inspired the  communities that emerged around them. But each was very much a product of the early 20th Century and even as I retold the stories I wondered who might be a 21st Century example ...

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