Fresh for Christmas 2012
A journey through Christmas these pieces have evolved over a period of some years, most having appeared in Christmas services in some guise or other.
From rhyme and free verse to narrative meditation, there will be something here for most tastes.
You cannot divide Christmas from Easter; they are themselves neither Alpha nor Omega. Neither are these celebrations, in themselves, deaths or entrances but a continuance within eternity. Some of the poems within this book deliberately draw the two seasons together.
The season is full of emotions and we travel them here - from the wonder of a creator's hand in the diminished scale of a child's, to Mary's confusion about ownership and then on to the zany introduction to the shepherd's song.
Don't expect to like it all or to find all the pieces 'comfortable' or 'nice' because there was little that was comfortable about that first Advent. The 'wise men' only appear in passing due to their being late to the party. And here we won't dabble with the villain of the piece - Herod doesn't feature at all.