Poems from throughout the year, but with a special emphasis on Christmas and winter.
Though unquestioningly devout, she's refreshingly unorthodox, irreverent, forthright.
R V Bailey
Excellent and engaging poems. William OxleyMore info →
A collection of poems, arranged in five sections: Energy; Other lives; On being a woman; Open air; and the Christmas story.
Six months after this book was published, Alwyn was invited to take over as Managing Editor of Oversteps. For more information, click on the image of the book cover.More info →
Alwyn Marriage presents a vision of the Church as the priesthood of all believers, and argues that unless we take seriously the doctrine that all Christians are called to be priests, there is little future for the Church. She demonstrates how this inclusive vision was the basis of the Old Testament concept of God's chosen people, was restored through Jesus' calling of the first disciples and the mission of the early Church, and has been a recurring theme through reform movements ever since. For more information, click on the image of the book cover.More info →
For a while this anthology was Collins’ best-selling book, and I still get requests for copies. Unfortunately I have none left, and the opportunity for a re-print was lost during the series of publishing takeovers in the 1990s.
Copies are now like gold-dust, so if you have one that you don’t want, please let me know, so that I can pass it on to someone who does.
Published by Collins (now HarperCollins).
Review by Thelma Laycock in the Leeds-based poetry magazine Aireings, no 22:
Refreshingly this anthology bursts upon the British poetry scene which seems to suffer from a dearth of Christian writing. Alwyn Marriage draws her collection together from two hundred poems chosen from eight and a half thousand received after publicising the anthology to churches and magazines worldwide.
New Christian Poetry is not a denominational ‘churchy’ collection. The editor presents the poetry in its widest sense, dividing it into eleven sections: The Natural World, Place, People, World Issues, Art, The Bible, Times and Festivals, Experience of God, On Being a Christian, Praise and Prayer, Bread and Wine, thus expressing that Christians are not apart from the world but are very much thrown into the turmoil of it.
Memorable among the poems for me is Jean Naylor’s ‘Contemplation’ (Experience of God) with its Hopkinsian imagery:
“I saw Him in the crushed crimson’s dawn appearing …
He comes riding
Stallion-drawn, whirl-wheeled, fleet
Sword-buckling King, re-armed in glory
I fall, love adoring at his feet.”
Presenting a contrast to that is Rosie Watson’s ‘Red Nose Day’ (World Issues) with its comic irony:
“Would God wear a nose for such a cause
Christ the Clown
our fool for God’s sake
the only one
to wear a nose on red nose day
for the sake of Ethiopia
Yes, and much more.”
Catherine Fisher closes the section on Art with her universal poem, ‘Judas’, in which the poet sees:
“… a roundel here of Christ in Hell,
embracing a man waist-deep in fiery glass
whose medieval face turns up as if in shock …
Perhaps it is something in the kiss that makes me
wonder, if they meant it to be you.”
The poems in this collection have a very high standard and much could be said about the individual poems. I can only recommend that people buy it and read it. It is a good resource for worship and for teaching as well as for personal reflection. It is excellent and have not come across anything quite like it. I am glad to have this anthology on my bookshelves; it has presence.
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This is an exploration of the femininity implicit in much of the language and imagery that has traditionally been used to describe the Holy Spirit. Resisting any attempt to down-grade the Holy Spirit, who is as much God as the other two members of the Trinity, I argued in this book that only if we take seriously both the femininity of the Spirit AND the centrality of that Spirit in our understanding of God can we fully appreciate the wholeness and holiness of God in Trinity. For more information, click on the image of the book cover.More info →
Possibly a Pomegranate celebrates womankind. From ancient history to the modern day, women stride through its pages. Sometimes they dazzle us with their humour and creativity – too often overlooked by patriarchal contemporaries. At other times, their fate moves us to tears.
How rare it is to read a collection so full of calm wisdom, of a lifetime’s experiences and investigations marshalled with a clear eye for what matters and a well-honed gift for finding the words and forms to share them. This celebration of women ranges from girlhood memories and the tenderness of parenthood to the intimacies and aggravations of later years, from insight into lives in different cultures to a roll call of remarkable women through the ages in which Pope Joan rubs shoulders with Jane Austen. These are satisfying and enriching poems. Alasdair Paterson, Uncut Poets
An assured exploration of womanhood, with poems as abundant as the fruits in the pomegranate, resonant with love, birth, death, achievement, happiness and heartbreak. Small, unnoticed moments are brought into focus and held still enough to touch. Marriage turns her sympathetic and good humoured gaze on Sappho, Cleopatra, Lot's wife, Heloise, Hildegard, Mother Julian, Grace Darling, Rosa Parkes as well as her own life, creating a rich panoply of women. Maggie Butt, poet and novelist
Review by Pat Edwards in London Grip, September 2022.
Review by Mandy Pannett in Tears in the Fence, October 2022.
Review by Carla Scarano D'Antonio in Write out Loud, November 2022.
Review by Dilys Wood in Artemis, November 2022.
Review by Emma Lee in The Journal, November 2022.
Review by Sue Kindon in The High Window, Spring 2023.
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Virginia Hoffman: Base Communities
Peter Price: UK and beyond
Margaret Walsh: Hope Community
Timothy Biles: Journey. A window on the Sudan
Ianthe Pratt: God talk and the community
Prabhu S Guptara: Autumn
Marjorie Idle: The Murraymint
Liturgy on the theme of Listening
‘The Church in the midst of creation’ by Vincent J Donovan.
Charles Elliott: Ideals and Idols
Hugh Wybrew: The Orthodox Churches in Eastern Europe
Stephen Platten: Spirituality and Europe. A Christian dreaming
Irina Ratushinskaya: A Problem of Two Cities
Mary Garnet: Inner Room
Jack Clemo: Sortridge Manor
John Butterfield: Euro-nightmare
Prabhu S Guptara: On seeing my first snowfall
Liturgy from ‘Women Included’
‘Women Included’ by the St Hilda Community
‘Patterns and examples. Quaker attitudes and European opportunities’ by Geoffrey Hubbard Swarthmore
‘Prospero’s Books’ by Peter Greenaway
John Davies: Nationalism
Clare Amos: Jerusalem and Emmaus
Bruce Kent: Building a Global Village
Patrick Thomas: Keeping house in a cloud of witnesses
Brian Brown: Old Nationalism for New
Bede Smith: Remembering 1492, on the underside of history
Sandra Pollerman: Storytelling and Stories
Nadir Dinshaw: The land we love the most
Ku Song: Midday Prayer
Ku Song: rice field
Joan Smith: Good Friday – How Steak Gorge
Elaine Miller: The Memory of Myrrh
Margaret N Newton: Old Altar Candles
Chuck Lathrop: Come and have breakfast
Kenneth C Steven: My you
Liturgy from ‘Bread for Tomorrow’
‘The voices of the victims’ ed Leonardo Boff & Virgil Elizondo
‘Barbed Lines’ ed Debjanis Chatterjee & Rashida Islam
‘Paradise News’ by David Lodge
Esther de Waal: Celtic Christianity
Sean O Duinn: Celtic Spirituality
Dafydd Elis Thomas: Re-emergence of Welsh Wales
Bob Holman: Away from the Highlands and Islands tourist route
Sally Hastings: Ireland at the Crossroads
John Bell: Post mortem
R S Thomas: Afallon
R S Thomas: Retired
Davie Webster: Iona Mo Chridhe
Mary Sheepshanks: Transmission from Iona
Liturgy from Carmina Gadelica
‘George MacLeod’ by Ronald Ferguson
‘Sent by the Lord’ ed John Bell
‘A wide open heart’ compiled by Nadir Dinshaw.
Carmel Heaney: Old Truths/ New Lies
Nikki Arthy: Come join the dance for justice
Brian Phillips: Taizé
Maggie Smith: L’Arche
Carol Holliday: College House
Alison Gelder: Student Cross
Claire Wilton: New Roots, Hull
Gregory Briffa: The Youth Church
Patrick Clarke: At the edge
Stephen Verney: I AM
Marshall Coombs: Early Autumn Sunlight
Robin Shirley: Quaker Apples
Geoffrey Daniel: The Diary of Anne Frank
Jack Clemo: Voyages
Liturgy Hymn ‘We reach out hungry hands’ by Jeremy Davies
Book of photography ‘Pillars of the Church’ by Jane Bown
Video ‘Barriers or Bridges’ by the Columban Fathers
CD ‘Meditation in sound’ Virgin Classics.