Awakening – a poem by Ellen Austin-Li

Awakening “This sense of clean and beautiful newness within and without is one of the commonest entries in conversion records…And that such a glorious transformation as this ought of necessity to be preceded by despair …” -William James in The Varieties of Religious Experience Without ghost lines of turned-down pages, I pulled the unread book […]

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Weakness – a poem by Rupert Loydell

Weakness   Viv Albertine suggests, in retrospect, that ‘it’s a weakness to want to be adored’, and she’s probably right, but I’m trying to square it with Jean Vanier’s short piece about ‘how to lose power’. Immersing himself in the daily life of the disadvantaged and disabled, he no longer has to pretend that he’s […]

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