Poetry

Poetry by Catholic writers, or that deals with subjects and themes of interest to Catholics.


Advent Poem by John O'Brien: Attentiveness

Kimmage asylum room my monastic cell And your cell will teach you everything; Say the Desert Fathers - and Mothers too. Becoming attentive to my own Autumn Invitation to hear what my soul is saying. Easing off that narcotic habit of hurrying On to an ever-receding, incomplete future Recov...

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Poem: Christ Bled Poppy-Red

Poppies fleck the fields of Flanders mud, their scarlet dashes dotting red the shell-churned brownscape, little moments of vitality amidst morass of death, standing tall in a land where none dare stand at all.

Trees felled, birdsong stilled, bodies threaded on the wire; only the poppies wave now, not in surrender but rec...

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Closing St Cuthman's

Closing St Cuthman's

And in the orchard an apple fell to earth, floored by heaviness, fallen from the tree of life, flawed as we all are by the worm at work, while on the lawn under a canopy polite obsequies were acted out as though there'd been no death.

A strange wake this, with the dearly depart...

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Journey to Seamus Heaney HomePlace - read by Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson at Deauville American Film Festival 2012

Actor Liam Neeson lends his voice to a short film celebrating the life, literature and inspiration of Ireland's best-loved poet, the late great Seamus Heaney.

The film was launched by Tourism Ireland, at The Bloomsbury Hotel in London on Monday, to celebrate the work of the Nobel Laureate, and to promote the Seamus Heaney HomePlace visitor attraction in Bellaghy, County Derry, the poet's ...

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Poetry: Norah Hanson on BBC Poetry Please

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The poem Grafters, by the award-winning Catholic poet Norah Hanson, from her book Sparks, will be read on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please today, Sunday 28 January at 4.30pm.

One of Hull's most important modern poets, Norah Hanson was born in Hull, in 1937, and has been a proud resident ever since. She spent her working life teaching in secondary schools, then turned to writing after her retir...

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Poems for Blue Monday: Hope in Dark Places

A new collection of poems by Anglican priest Rev David Grieve, is being launched today at Durham Cathedral for 'Blue Monday'. This gloomy title assigned to the third Monday in January is due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills.

'Hope in Dark Places' is a 50-page collection of poems about depression and Christianity. David ...

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Believing in poetry in a secular age

If we live in a secular age, you wouldn't know it from our poetry. Not only are some of the greatest poets of recent years overtly Christian, such as Geoffrey Hill and Les Murray, but many who are not remain drawn to and fascinated by "the soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage." Michael Symmons Roberts is one of the leading English poets writing today, his work having won the For...

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Seamus Heaney: 'Walk on air against your better judgement'

On 30 August 2013, news of the death of Nobel Prize-winning poet, Seamus Heaney, was met with sorrow around the world. He was universally admired for his kindness as well as for his poems, which 'gaze into the reality of the world and see its mystery'. Writing in Thinking Faith, on National Poetry Day, Edel McClean pays tribute to the life and work of a man whose death, according to his fellow ...

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Poem: Manchester

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Manchester They have gone ahead of us, for they felt the danger we were in and gave all they had to keep us from hate. Hate can hurt their happiness, but nothing can hurt their hope. They have left the currency of sorrow. There is nothing left that is small, or trivial, or unimportan...

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Poems for Zimbabwe

ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency) is a small charity which does great work in Zimbabwe, working with more than 2,600 elderly, often very lonely, people to whom they give aid, support and encouragement.

ZANE funded the first clubfoot correction programme in Zimbabwe. Eleven treatment centres have been established and over 2,110 children have received treatment to date. The ch...

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Calais Poem: This WAS our Church

'This WAS our Church'

To the Church of St Michael in the Jungle, Calais

'Our prayers have risen to the Lord Not in a glorious building But in a tent which has been an a symbol of hope To so many trapped in the jungle around us. We have been a haven of solace and peace g...

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Swords into Ploughshares

He was priest, prophet, poet and prisoner.

Anti-war campaigner, with brother Phil

Using homemade napalm to burn draft files.

 

Pounding on nuclear missile, nose cones

With their Nazare...

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Modern day Epiphany

Now the scraps are all that's left For lucky dog and compost bin. Cellar and fridge are both bereft, Save for an inch of sherry and gin.

In olden days the feasting lasted 

Long beyond the Equinox. But now December's scarce departed Than we're told we should detox.

"I was given...

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Calling all poets

"A faith without works, a faith that doesn't get you involved, isn't faith. It is words and nothing more than words." - Pope Francis

CAFOD is looking for a keen lyricist to write and perform a spoken word poem which inspires young people to put their faith into action and to become leaders for change. The poem will form part of a video resource that the charity i...

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