Poems of Rowan Williams, The
Dr. Rowan Williams
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
The definitive collection by the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Released to coincide with Easter, this collection includes a visionary sequence of poems from Remembering Jerusalem, about a trip to the Holy Land at Easter.
‘I dislike the idea of being a religious poet. I would prefer to be a poet for whom religious things mattered intensely.’ In the poems collected in this book, Rowan Williams writes of many things. He visits the Holy Land, commemorates the deaths of parents and close friends, explores elements of ancient Celtic culture; poems are inspired by works of art, landscapes rural and urban, and historical figures from Tolstoy to Simone Weil. What connects poem to poem is the poet’s vividly sensual language, his formal mastery, and how he can address, specifically and particularly, what matters most intensely. ‘Earth is a hard text to read’, writes Welsh poet Waldo Williams in a poem translated here. For Rowan Williams, this very reading is the task of the poet.