To possess and express hope is intrinsic to our being human. Our hope, whether as noun or verb, opens to broad and diverse landscapes: sun-basking peaks to darkening valleys. We have hope in someone or something, be that in – relationship: an idea; a way of life: creations richness; a dream; a wish; an event; family; a place; a plan; the arts;and so on… There is the ‘sure and certain’ hope of being in Christ through grace.
To be hope-full is to be marked by – anticipation; optimism; desire; expectation; aspiration… And, above all, a longing that whispers, (in C.S.Lewis’s words), that our real goal is elsewhere.
In this anthology are poems that travel across this varying landscape. Different poems in style and subject, infused with hope. With a quietness and gentleness, they draw you in, invite you to read… to look up… and reflect…
“This striking anthology features ‘Imagine’ as verb, noun, adjective and adverb, as act, as facility, as perspective, as place, as product, and as effect. The poems within range from the cosmic to the domestic, from Biblical and prehistoric origins to human and familial ghosts, from memories of war and youth to moments of love and regret, from schoolyard to conflict-zone to red desert to old people’s home, from water dazzle to blue wren flitter, from What Is to What If… Generosities of words shaped for wonder…” EARL LIVINGS – Writer, Editor, Teacher
White on White by Gina Sabto – “Savouring the nuances of love, moods that swing to natures changes, Gina Sabto is a poet to explore and to treasure… Dream-states, everyday experience and cultural insights meet in White on White; its frank but subtle poems welcome the reader in. Judith Rodriguez.
Patches of Godlight – poems, prayers, contemplations by Janette Fernando. “This is the work of a courageous, sensitive, vulnerable, new millennium Psalmist, who like David of old finds intimacy and faith in the realities of life. From the laundry to the cathedral, from the tragedy of NY 9/11 to the desert outback of Australia, this is poetry on a journey to the promised Land.” Dr John Smith, Author, Preacher, Founder of God’s Squad.
Trumped by Grace – In Trumped by Grace, Peter Stiles shares a stunning poetic ear. And what is more, since that ear is informed by the Word, we find our joy doubled. David Craig, Prof. of English, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio