Love, Remember: A New Book

This is just an advance notice to readers of my blog,to say that I have finished work on a third poetry anthology for Canterbury Press which will be called Love Remember and will be published at the end of October. My first two Anthologies, Waiting on the Word and Word in the Wilderness, accompanied Advent, and Lent, two seasons of the liturgical year, though they are also seasons of the spirit. My new anthology is offered to accompany and express nt a season of the year, but a season of the heart. It is an anthology of poetry that takes us on a journey through bereavement, grief, lamentation, remembrance and hope. As I say in the introduction:

This book is written to give voice both to love and to lamentation, to find expression for grief without losing hope, to help us honour the dead with tears, yet still to glimpse through those tears the light of resurrection. It is written in the conviction that the grief which we so often hide in embarrassment, the tears of which some people would want to make us ashamed, are the very things that make us most truly human. Grief and lament spring from the deepest parts of our soul because, however bitter the herbs and fruits they seem to bear, their real root is Love and I believe that it is Love who made the world and made us who we are.

There are poems from the great tradition, by Shakespeare, Shelley, Browning, Tennyson, and also by contemporary poets like Luci Shaw and Carol Ann Duffy, as well as some of my own. As in my previous anthologies, each poem is followed by a brief essay which opens it out and reflects on its depths, which is something I know readers of my previous anthologies have found helpful. Here’s what I say in the introduction about how the book might be used:

This is an anthology into which one might simply dip, searching through the parts for a particular poem or finding the words that express or match a mood as it is needed. It might be used a resource to find language for oneself, for a friend, or even for a service or memorial; words that will give expression that needs to be said on that specific occasion. But it is also possible to use this book as a companion for the journey of grief itself, or as a means to accompany a friend who is making that journey. Most religions in their earlier traditions have set aside a special period somewhere between 30 and 40 days for a first intense and companioned encounter with mourning. In Judaism this was called Shiat. First the seven days of private grief, and then a further 30 accompanied lamentation. In the Catholic Church there was a tradition of 40 days of mourning, matching and balancing the 40 days of Lent. This book is also organised so that anyone who wishes can also make this journey with the poets over 40 days. For each day there will be the offered nourishment of a poem and my prose reflection on it. However you use this book I hope that it will give expression to Loving Remembrance and that you will find, as Tennyson did, that ‘it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’.

Anyway the book is now available for advance order from Amazon and from Canterbury Press, I hope some of my readers here will find it helpful.

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11 responses to “Love, Remember: A New Book

  1. Sharon Hoyer

    I am always touched by your voice…sure wish this new book had a CD to accompany it. May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  2. Amy Botica

    This could not have come at a better time!!! My father died last week after a failed heart transplant, and I am clinging to all the hope I can find in the midst of my grief. He was a Christian, so I am confident that I will see him again, but it still hurts so very much.

  3. Pat Conneen

    Hi Malcolm, Preordered your latest and I am very much looking forward to reading it. Best, P.

  4. Alison Christian

    Dear Malcolm,

    Very excited to hear about your book and it’s subject matter. I shall buy it when it comes out. I used your “Transfiguration” sonnet twice in my sermon at St Mary’s Church, Harrow on the Hill on Sunday; at the beginning and end. We moved to Harrow when I retired from Launde Abbey and I am covering for the vicar whilst he is on his hols. The poem worked very well and at least one person will be looking you up on the internet, I think. There was also a newcomer in church with his family who said you had been his chaplain at uni’. He is just joining Harrow School as a staff member.

    I thought I had retired when I left Launde but the Diocese of London has given me a three day a week job.

    Thank you for all you give through your poetry and your blog. You really help me sometimes, especially when I feel my soul dried out and bleached by the cares of the world. Your poems put me “in touch” again.

    With best wishes,

    Alison Christian (ex-warden of Launde Abbey)

  5. Tanya Marlow

    YUM!!!!

    Thanks for this! Looking forward to it. T

    Sent from Outlook ________________________________

  6. dbcollard

    When will this be available on the U.S. Amazon site?

    Thanks!

    Dianne Collard

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    • malcolmguite

      By end of October I hope but you can also get it easily in the states from book depository. It will be published on October 30th

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