Waiting on the Word: Advent Poetry

Waiting on the Word

Waiting on the Word

As we approach the first Sunday of Advent, I thought I would repost this link to my Advent anthology Waiting on the Word. This Anthology offers the reader a poem a day throughout Advent and on through Christmas and Epiphany. I also offer a little reflective essay to go with each poem, which I hope will help the reader to get into the depths of the poem more easily and will draw out some of the Advent Themes and the way the poems link to each other. The book works entirely as a stand-alone thing and could be used privately or in groups, but I have also be recorded each poem and will post a recording of my reading of that day’s poem for each day of Advent on this blog, so that readers of the book who wish to, can also hear the poem being read. Readers of this blog can of course also enjoy hearing the poems, and might like to get hold of the book (which is also on Kindle) so that they can follow along the text and read the interpretive essay.

I will also repost the daily recordings each accompanied by an original painting from the talented Linda Richardson, who created a book of images to reflect on each poem whilst she was using the book devotionally, and has kindly agreed to share those pictures with us. Do join us on the journey via the pages of the book and the pages of this blog.


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11 responses to “Waiting on the Word: Advent Poetry

  1. Louise

    For your Advent pleasure. This is one of my favourite poets and if you want to hear a short poem each day of Advent you could sign up for his email and listen each morning. They are really short but lovely. He adds a short essay if you feel like reading that too. Then you can listen to Sarah’s readings each evening. Of course all this is in addition to Joy’s assignments.

    Tell Wayne to get to work on the amenities for our retreat trailers. A fireplace would be nice!

    Tomorrow morning looks good for a phone chat. Have a great day

    Sent from my iPhone


    • malcolmguite

      Ah. I think you’ve accidentally posted an email to someone else as a comment on this blog. You may want to resend the email!

  2. lynndmorrissey

    Malcolm, perhaps it was enjoying to eavesdrop on someone’s email, especially since it was so complimentary to you! 🙂 I must tell you that I’ve cheated! I’m already over halfway through this volume this year. I was in a mood not to wait for Advent. It’s still perfect anytime of year. This is my third annual read-through. Yesterday, I read your graphic description of the cutting of a key and your application to the Crucifixion. It is breathtaking. I recommended the book yesterday to an online private prayer group of Christian women, but I’m glad to see this post. I’ll send my FB friends to it later today. May I wish you a Happy American Thanksgiving (Thursday). I’m thankful for your gift.

  3. If you’re bringing a fireplace, don’t forget the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate for S’mores! 😉

  4. lynndmorrissey

    Malcolm, so I know how to frame my FB “share,” will each blogpost simply include day’s poem and reading, or will you include the essay or maybe a short version of such, as well? Pls. advise, and thanks!

    • malcolmguite

      Thanks the posts will just have the poems and a painting. The little essay will be reserved the book. ( otherwise the publishers would hardly let me do this). So the blog posts are a companion to the book

  5. CRaig E Anderson

    Dear Malcolm, Profuse thanks for your poetry and other writing and speaking. So enriching and faith-renewing.. Read your Dialogues on the Great Commands today from Parable and Paradox. Wonderful and insightful poetry. You have blessed my life!

    Have also enjoyed your invitations into your Study and comments about books that matter. I share your love of books and of Ransome and “messing about in boats,” some thing I did for many years in my West Wight Potter, Vivacity and Laurent Giles designed Westerly Warwick. Used to subscribe to Yachting Montlhly and even had an essay published in Practical Boat Owner (Think that’s the name). With a friend I published a Quarterly called “Twin-Keeler,,” that had a small but international readership. (Be happy to send you a sample copy, if interested.).

    Just wanted to thank you for your work. Keep it up. I need it. I am a retired pastor living in Florida (even God rested on the 7th day). You have so enriched my life, Malcolm (forgive my American familiarity). God bless.

    Warmly, in the mercy,

    CRaig Anderson

  6. Barbara L Parry

    I become so “enchanted” by Logos when reading this book every Advent!

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