I have published two poetry books, a how-to guide on writing poems, and an account of a personal pilgrimage. Poetry book 3, The Words on my Face: opening to God in the silence, is in the pipeline.
The poetry books
For six years or so, from May 2010, I wrote poems regularly (about 100 per year) as a way to express and communicate aspects of the spiritual life. I didn’t seek to do this – in fact I was very reluctant at first, but it seemed to be required of me, and so I entered into that practice as best I could.
I would sit in meditation and from within that space, if an important insight or topic came, I would enable a poem to shape up within my mind, and then write it down when it was formed.
Thus these poems are an attempt to reflect insight in words, but words that come into form as near the actual experience as possible.
They are not therefore ‘literary’ poems.
They also reflect different depths of being: some are humorous, some are psychological, some are about healing, some are my attempts to describe those moments of spiritual connection which are so nearly impossible to describe.
Because I became fascinated by this unusual process, I then also wrote a ‘how-to guide’ to enable people to write their own poems in this way (see below). This ‘how-to guide’ was itself written in a similar way to the poems: a period of intense meditation about the subject matter of the book and then a pretty complete first draft written out in about 3 months.
(107 poems, 156pp). Priced at £3.99.
Available to download to your Kindle or computer for £1.99.
Written from a space of meditation, these poems are an invitation to you to look more deeply. How do we grow and transform? How can we love more fully? Sometimes the poems evoke those times we glimpse partial answers that can make us smile. Sometimes these glimpses can help us to become more deeply appreciative of what we are offered in this moment, and those that are to come…
Available on Amazon as a paperback (£4.99) or as an e-book for your Kindle (or computer) £1.99.
The poems in Target Practice are travellers’ tales from a spiritual journey. They contain insights, tips on how to travel safely, and on dangers to avoid. They emerge in and through meditation, and the clarity that can come as part of that. Some are like jokes, and should make you laugh, or at least smile. Target practice is like a guidebook for your journey into your unknown future.
For a preview of some of the poems in the book click here.
A comprehensive guide to writing your own poems from a place of meditation and clarity
Available on Amazon as a paperback (186 pp, £5.95) or as an e-book for your Kindle (£2.00)
Riding into the Storm: returning to face childhood loss and bereavement.
As an adult I worked to come to terms with my grief. As a therapist I also worked with others who were grieving. I thought I knew the territory well, but in time I came to feel that the task of finding meaning and understanding might never be finished.
So as an older man I undertook a journey by bike across northern England, a modern day pilgrimage, visiting places linked to my childhood, in order to see what more I could learn about the nature of grief and healing in the face of childhood loss.
The journey starts in a gale, but it is in returning to face the feelings which have stayed with me from childhood that I encounter the real storm.
To what degree can I find resolution, peace, and reconciliation?
Join me on the journey to find out.
Click here for some pictures from that journey.