Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcolm Guite
Poetry has always been a central element of Christian spirituality and is increasingly used in worship, pastoral services, and guided meditation. In Sounding the Seasons, Cambridge poet, priest, and singer-songwriter Malcolm Guite transforms seventy lectionary readings into lucid, inspiring poems for use in regular worship, seasonal services, meditative reading, or on retreat.
Already widely recognized, Guite's writing has been acclaimed by Rowan Williams-- former Archbishop of Canterbury--and Luci Shaw, a leading religious poets. Seven Advent poems from this collection will appear in the next edition of Penguin's (US) Best Spiritual Writing edited by Philip Zaleski, alongside the work of writers such as Seamus Heaney and Annie Dillard.
A section of practical help and advice for using poetry creatively and effectively in worship is also included.
Hardback: 108 pages
Dimensions: 5.51 x 0.31 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.2 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Malcolm Guite is a poet-priest and Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge, but often travels around Great Britain and North America to give lectures, concerts, and poetry readings. He has authored several books as well as contributed poetry and essays to several collections. You can learn more about Guite (such as his Canterbury rock band) at his website https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/.
"Malcolm's sonnets are powerful in the extreme." -Jan Payne, Church Times
"Malcolm Guite knows exactly how to use the sonnet form to powerful effect. These pieces have the economy and pungency of all good sonnets, and again and again, offer deep resources for prayer and meditation to the reader. In his own words, ‘brevity, clarity, concentration and a capacity for paradox’ are typical of the best sonnet sequences, and all those qualities are to be found here." -Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
"Each of Malcolm Guite’s sonnets is like a Celtic knot, with threads of devotion and theology cunningly woven into shining emblems of truth and beauty. Whether spoken aloud or read silently, these poems speak to mind and soul." -Luci Shaw, poet and author of Harvesting Fog and Breath for the Bones: Art, Imagination and Spirit
"The sonnets are made to be read out loud to help us experience the sacred year in a renewed way. His aim is to be appropriate, up-to-date and focused. His poetry is deeply informed by knowledge of the Christian faith; and he brings his skill with the sonnet to communicate this knowledge with gentleness, accuracy and flashes of fire." -Sebastian Barker FRSL, poet and author of The Erotics of God and many other volumes of poetry
"Malcolm Guite’s poetic sequence is fresh and wholly contemporary, yet richly rooted in tradition. Using the sonnet form with absolute naturalness as he traces the year and its festivals, he offers the reader – whether Christian or not – profound and beautiful utterance which is patterned but also refreshingly spontaneous. Sounding the Seasons is an important poetic event, and one that invites readers to share both celebration and soul-searching." -Grevel Lindop, poet and literary critic