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The Heartís Time
by Janet Morley
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
An anthology of poems, grouped into a succession of week-long themes for the seven weeks of Lent, and preceded by an introductory Ďengaging with Lentí selection. Janet Morley provides a commentary for each poem, highlighting its imagery and explaining its relevance. Some are intentionally ĎSpiritualí poems, others are not Ė the likes of Margaret Atwood, St Augustine, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Christina Rossetti all rub shoulders. Themes include expressing our longings, struggle, suffering, altered perspectives and finally, appropriately enough, resurrection. This would make a good gift for any poetry lover Ė I found several poems previously unknown to me and the commentaries provide depth and insight, not shying away from difficult matters and taboos, but ending on a positive and challenging note. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Diane Morrison (19/01/12)