5th October 2021
Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems
Tragedy is not characteristic of this careful collection about the Poet Laureate's hometown. Nor, indeed, is nostalgia or simple celebration – though Marsden is duly celebrated. There is also connection and discovery.
21st January 2021
Grace in time and place
David Lonsdale is inspired by T.S. Eliot to think that the circumstances in which we are living are offering us a particular grace and suggests an Ignatian way of praying will help us to receive it.
26th July 2020
Belief in Hopkins’ turns
Brian McClorry SJ looks at how Hopkins uses a poetic device to illustrate the tensions and discoveries of faith in three of his sonnets.
2nd June 2020
A Little History of Poetry
During the unprecedented hardship of the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent lockdown, poetry has occasionally been mentioned as a source of solace, encouragement and, indeed, enquiry.
17th April 2020
‘A dayspring to the dimness of us’
Teresa White FCJ considers how the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ ‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’ can speak powerfully to us about providence and ‘a mercy that outrides the all of water.’
30th January 2020
Selected Poems 1976 – 2016
The poems are refreshingly sharp, rigorous, surprisingly lyrical, truth telling and deeply worked. They express a faith that is neither a purveyor of false consolation nor a distraction from reality.
4th September 2019
The Book of Baruch by the Gnostic Justin
If you know and like Hill, this volume is a must. It was planned, ‘as a posthumous work, to consist of as many poems as he would live to complete.’ The poems combine views, perceptions and memories.
2nd October 2018
The turning aside
R.S. Thomas's poem 'The Bright Field' considers how Moses turned aside 'to the miracle of the lit bush' - we hear this incident in Sunday's first reading.
10th November 2017
Michael Symmons Roberts' seventh collection is about Manchester, but in ways that engage with sharp and central life experiences and questions not unique to that unique city.
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