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Announcement: Ekstasis Magazine (Christmas Day)

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I was truly honoured to have my poem 'Christmas Day' published in Ekstasis Magazine this Christmas day!  This is the second time I have had the privilege of appearing in Ekstasis ( click here to read 'for the Inklings' my other poem the published), who continue to publish wonderfully inspiring articles and poetry as part of Christianity Today's media family.  Ekstasis "aims to be a kind of digital cathedral, where we can have sanctuary from the noise, and find a place that captures our attention through loving art and luminous words," and it is wonderful to be a part of this cathedral.  I am especially humbled to see my name alongside other wonderful poets, especially two of my favourite living poets, Luci Shaw & Scot Cairns who were also published by Ekstasis in December 2021. My poem explores how, in moments of sharing and loving, we can experience a type of transfiguration, where 'A lifetime burns in every moment' to quote the T.S. Eli

Announcement: Lothlorien Poetry Journal

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I'm delighted to have four poems published by the wonderful Lothlorien Poetry Journal   With the exciting blog and beautiful in print journal, Strider Marcus Jones is a wonderful advocate of beautiful new poetry and, with five books published, an amazing poet in his own right. You wont regret looking up his work. The two 'Light Sources' poems were influenced by my time working with the homeless of Watford, for the charity New Hope . The other two poems are from my recent series 'Poems & Sonnets for the End of Modernity'. The poem 'For Tolkien' is closely linked to the ' Sonnet for Owen Barfield ', recently published by the Owen Barfield Literary Estate, and the poem ' For the Inklings ' published in the Ekstasis Journal earlier in 2021. I hope you enjoy these four poems and take the time to check out some of the other wonderful poetry published by Lothlorien Poetry Journal.

Announcement: Owen Barfield

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  I am extremely humbled and excited that my sonnet ' For Owen Barfield ' has been published on the  Owen Barfield Literary Estate's blog , along with some thoughts about Barfield's significance as a thinker, and his pertinence for our own troubled times. Please click here to read the poem and refelection. As 'the first and last Inkling', Owen Barfield was a close friend of, and influence on, both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. His insights into philology and the philosophy of consciousness are still unfolding into new layers of meaning and depth. Please explore owenbarfield.org  to discover some of his work and thoughts.  I have written many poems that were inspired by Barfield (such as this poem posted on my blog last year), but it is an honour to have one written for him published by his Literary Estate's official blog. This specific poem is very closely linked to the poem ' For the Inklings ' which was published by ' Ekstasis Magazine '

Announcement: AGAPE Review

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I'm very happy to announcement that I have had four Sonnets published in the Agape review. Started in 2021, Agape is a brand new journal that 'believes in the power of how writing connects people with each other and makes a difference.’ And I’m very pleased that they have published these four sonnets from my series ‘Poems and Sonnets for the End of Modernity’. Kindling  explores the meeting point between unanswerable philosophical questions and the open unpretentious questions of childhood. Λόγος  explores the use of this Greek word in John's Gospel and in the philosopher Heraclitus to reflect on the incarnation. Inspired largely by a  sermon  by the poet priest,  Malcolm Guite . The title  Agricclesia  comes from putting together 'Agriculture' and 'ἐκκλησία' the Greek word usually translated as 'church'. It was inspired by a  lecture  by the farmer, poet, activitst, intellectual  Wendell Berry . Salt  is an expression of what the poetry of the psa

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