Something Understood: Poems for Reflection and Meditation

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Alison Morgan
The Mathetes Trust, Mar 8, 2017
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A sequel to the earlier collection Distilling Life, this new anthology is designed to provide a starting point for reflection on some of the big questions of life – things we often avoid talking about, or for which we can’t quite find the words. It is arranged in five thematic sections: Seeing, Living, Loving, Trusting and Dying. Each section contains about twenty poems or pieces of prose, and each includes contributions from a wide range of authors, both historical and contemporary. Some of the poems are well known; others are published here for the first time. Designed to be used for personal reflection, in poetry groups, or read aloud in larger gatherings, the book is beautifully illustrated throughout with high quality black and white photographs and drawings.

 

 

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Contents

SEEING
9
LIVING
31
At first my Daughter Elma Mitchell
32
Soap Suds Louis MacNeice
33
The River Orb Alison Morgan
34
May my heart always be open e e cummings
36
A Summer Morning Richard Wilbur
37
This is Just to Say William Carlos Williams
38
Lying in a Hammock James Wright
51
The Guest House Jalal adDin Muhammad Rumi
52
The Quarrel Conrad Aiken
53
Music Roger Scruton
54
Nursing a grudge Tim Sumpter
56
Otherwise Jane Kenyon
57
Ithaca Constantine Cavafy
58
LOVING Learning to Dance Michael Mayne
60

So much Happiness Naomi Shihab Nye
39
At the Fishhouses Elizabeth Bishop
40
1
43
Drystone Rowan Williams
44
The English Archer Robert Hardy
45
Whats Left Kerry Hardie
47
He Retraced His Steps Stephen Cottrell
48
The Pilgrim John Bunyan
49
Road Don Paterson
50
If i have made e e cummings
61
Love without Hope Robert Graves
62
What Love Does Louis de Bernières
63
Song of Songs King Solomon
64
Home From Abroad Laurie Lee
66
Frederick Buechner
118
20
128
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Rev Alison Morgan is a well-known author and speaker, and the founder and director of Rooted in Jesus, a practical discipleship programme for Africa. Alison is an Associate of The Mathetes Trust, a registered charity formed in 2016 to support and encourage Christian discipleship, and the author of many publications, including The Wild Gospel. Alison is a member of the Archbishops' College of Evangelists. Her website is www.alisonmorgan.co.uk.

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