I begin with his own “Introduction”: These poems are a selection of spiritual works taken from my entire poetic career, or rather vocation, since the very beginning of my muse in the 1960’s up to 2016. While some have never before been published, many have appeared in various poetry magazines, though not in my previous collections.
One of the title poems “The Orange Light” was winner of the Poetry Box Silver Cup Trophy Annual Award (Hampshire, 2014) and was highly commended in the Tip Davidian Poetry Competion (Norfolk, 2007). “The Eternal Hour- A Soliloquy” was runner-up in the Quantum Leap Poetry Competition (Scotland 2010), “Ralph that Devil’s Artist” was highly commended in the Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2015.
Previous Publications are as follows:
The Lark Will Sing Alone 1993
Seraphim and the Seven Steps to Paradise 2003
Burgundy the Eternal Ride 2005
Avalon: The Quest for the Amaranth 2013
The Formalist – A Sonnet Suite 2017
What better now than to treat you two a selection of poems from this collection (one which is by no means fully representative but which will, at least, give a flavour of this gifted & versatile cornucopia)?
4 Seneca, we learn by teaching, Letters to Lucillus, Book I, letter 7, section 8: Homines dum docent discunt
5 Looking for my horse while sitting on it (from the Dutch)
6 “Dare to know”, Horatius. First Book of Letters, also Immanuel Kant in What is Enlightenment? (1784)
7 My faults – from the Confiteor of the Catholic liturgy
8 Idea attributed to Martin Luther
9 Matthew XXV. The Works of Mercy, by the Master of Alkmaar (1504) at the Church of St. Laurence in Alkmaar, Holland, consists of seven wooden panels showing the corporal works of mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, bury the dead, shelter the traveller, comfort the sick, and ransom the captive.
10 Lucky he who is happy with his fate. Horatius, Satires 1,1,1
11 Leisure with dignity. Marcus Tullius Cicero, Pro Sestio §98
12 Let justice be done, even if the world perishes. Better fiat iustitia, ne pereat mundus. (lest the world perish!)
13 Make haste slowly.
14 In the city and the world.
15 Robert Frost, The Road not Taken
16 Madness, madness, everywhere madness! III. Act.
17 Bread and circus games. Juvenalis, Satires
18 Rilke, first Duino Elegy: “Wer, wenn ich schriee, hörte mich denn aus der Engel Ordnungen?»
19 How very tired of wandering we are, could this be death? – Im Abendrot
20 Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country
21 The girl with the pearl earring. Mauritshuis, The Hague