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Announcement: Ekstasis Magazine

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  I'm thrilled to announce that one of my sonnets 'For the Inklings' has just been published in the beautiful and exciting Ekstasis magazine , who have recently become part of the Christianity Today media ecosystem . With the tagline 'Reviving the Christian Imagination' Ekstasis combines significance with beauty to exhibit lots of deeply profound and inspiring poetry and essays .  This particular sonnet was written as part of my project 'Poems and Sonnets for the End of Modernity' and explores some of the great challenges and the beautiful work given to us by the Inklings, specifically Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The group's refusal to conform to the academic and creative expectations of their day and their fascination with the stories and legends from other ages, give their work a timelessness, both in beauty and in application. Working hand-in-hand with the inspiration of the Inklings, this sonnet was also inspired

Announcement: Radix Magazine

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  I'm ecstatic and humbled to announce that one of my poems has been published in Volume 42 Number 1 of Radix Magazine. With the tagline "Where Christian Faith Meets Contemporary Culture" Radix is a hugely important and inspiring magazine, which explores art, literature, education, family, politics, and much more, in a way that ignites the imagination.  On a more personal note, I am especially honoured to be published in Radix, as they have published three of my favourite living poets,  Luci Shaw ,  Scott Cairns   and   Malcolm Guite , Luci Shaw having been the poetry editor for many years. The poem appearing in this issue of Radix is called 'Tribal Dance' and is part of the series 'Poems and Sonnets for the End of Modernity', five of which have already appeared in Macrina Magazine . For more about this series, check out this blog post . This sonnet is an earthy celebration of general revelation, the imprints of the divine in creation and community, and

Announcement: Macrina Magazine

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I'm very proud to announce that I have 5 sonnets appearing in issue 6 of Macrina Magazine, who publish great articles of philosophy and theology as well as poetry and fiction. Click here to read my sonnets. In their own words 'Macrina Magazine is an online Christian philosophical journal that offer readers a platform to explore faith, politics and culture critically and creatively.' As such Macrina is a rare, exciting and special space of creative and academic thought and expression, and you should read everything they put out! Check out there great back catalogue of issues here . The 5 sonnets I have appearing in this issue are from a series I have been writing since the beginning of October entitled 'Poems and Sonnets for the End of Modernity.' At the time of posting I'm up to 72, and counting. The project is being written out of our present situation of lockdowns, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current polarising nature of partisan politics. It speaks to the

Announcement: Dead Letter Radio Podcast

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  I'm really pleased to announce to announce that one of my poems ' Edge ' Has been featured on episode 1 of the brand new Podcast, Dead Letter Radio .  Update: I’m happy to announce that another of my poems  ‘At Sea ’   has been featured on  episode 7 of Dead Letter Radio. This podcast is a passion project by someone who loves poetry and creative writing and has a desire to discover writing by new writers and help make their work available to a wider audience. It's a wonderful project as the host really understands the feelings of vulnerability in submitting work, and therefore wants to keep the podcast open to anonymous submission. When we were talking about the first episode they said to me 'For me, writing has always felt so personal, to have someone read it is as if I'm being stripped bare... The idea of this podcast came around originally for those like me... who maybe not quite ready to put their name out there... The idea began to grow. To me, it looks l

L'étang de l'Or

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Your hair is blonde it reflects In green flecks, the grass As the water does the sky. At the end of the damp sand And the water of dusty clouds You talk to the ripples and the bubbles Dropping shells in the lapping. You talk the same language of expression For this is the calm constancy of l'étang Not the constant change of crashing waves. Beneath a sunset that marks us With a strong desire to remain I see it reflected in the turquoise of you eyes, a minute flame. In the water, the sun's bridal dress  Drapes an enormous fiery train And proudly L'étang de l'Or  Bares its burnished name. L'étang de l'Or, probably best translated as 'The Golden Marsh', is a large marshy lake between Mauguio and the Mediterranean Sea. This week I walked there with my son and we played at the waters edge before watching the sunset.

Transform - A song

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The Spirit of The Lord was upon him To bring the good news to the poor, Humbly he took on the servants burden To lift our broken flesh from the floor. God and flesh without a contradiction Holy Spirit heal this divide, Let us live out the incarnation To be the body where Christ does reside. Transform our hearts, Transform our hands, To transform. The Spirit of The Lord was upon him To set all the captives free, He followed a life of love to its conclusion When hatred nailed him firmly to a tree. God and suffering without a contradiction Holy Spirit comfort while we hide, Help us to take on the crucifixion To be the body where Christ does reside. Transform our hearts, Transform our hands, To transform. The Spirit of the sovereign was upon him To declare the favour of The Lord, He shattered every paradigm we made for him When with utter life he over came the sword. Deathless life without a contradiction Holy Spirit rouse these dry bones, Help us to live lives of resurrection To be be the

For Sam Baker

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  In perfect poems, He honours the forgotten And shines his light on Whispered honour. His broken fingers pick out a pretty world And the pain is beauty, Within and inseparable. How painful, and how beautiful are these day. My very soul is sweetly undone Before the dispersed family  Of his songs. I wrote this poem on September 3rd 2020 While listening to the album 'Pretty World' by Sam Baker. The lines 'broken fingers', 'pretty world' and 'sweetly undone' found in the poem are all track titles, and the line 'how beautiful are these days' is written on the inside cover of the album. My brother (and guitarist of The Sewer Cats ) bought me this album for Christmas ten or eleven years ago. Since then I've listened to it, and Sam Bakers other albums, innumerable times. Sam Baker is a unique and breathtaking artist for so many reasons. His songs demonstrate a rare depth of understanding for the human condition and uncover a beauty in places or peop