The first poem I ever had published was in our church newsletter. I dictated it to my patient mother at the age of five.
At age fourteen, I started my daily practice of spiritual exercises (“SEs”), a form of active meditation. In my late twenties, I began writing poetry almost daily as well.
Coming full circle, I recently gave an interview to the church newsletter’s online successor, The New Day Herald, about the intersection of poetry and spiritual practice.
You can read the interview, along with a poem, here.
I am delighted to have two wingèd poems in London Grip, alongside many other fine works and reviews. The timing is rather perfect — just yesterday on our afternoon walk, we heard the Autumn song of the English Robin, staking out his territory for the long Winter ahead.
I have recorded audio versions of the two poems, which you can listen to below, then proceed to read the text in the Autumn 2013 issue of London Grip, where you will no doubt be roped in to further reading by the many excellent poems in this issue. You have been warned.
[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/108782778″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]Click here to listen to "Seraphim" on SoundCloud
Click here to read “Seraphim” on London Grip
[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/108782751″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]Click here to listen to "Robin" on SoundCloud
Click here to read “Robin” on London Grip