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a River of Small Stones 3

Welcome back to the realm of concise thought.  
Book three in the ‘a River of Small Stones’ series, like it’s predecessors is an exercise in expressing often singular emotions in a short poem.  These were all written in January 2012 but their accompanying photos (which were used as stimuli) were mostly taken during 2011.  By seperating the photo’s from their own time frame it was possible to attribute different emotions to them.

(where the book can be also bought)
As with wordsculptures, the style of poetry used in here is ‘ekphrasic’ which means it uses one form of art (in this case photography) to inspire another i.e. the poetry.  There are two earlier ‘River of Small Stones’ books available from the same address.

‘in moments like these’.

This is the ‘cheap’ one – Unlike Keith’s previous books this book features poetry without associated photos.  A paperback size book, apart from some general poems it also contains an updated version of  ‘a journey through Easter’*, with additional poems.  Link to view the book

what people say about the book:

“The journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Day is one of peaks and troughs, reflecting a huge range of human emotions. The entry into Jerusalem prompts a triumphal welcome from an elated crowd. At the Last Supper an elect group keep high festival, only to find that their leader says he is their servant, speaks of bread and wine as his broken body and spilled blood and then takes them out to witness his arrest. We are left to watch the terrible despair of a close friend who denies all knowledge of Jesus. On Good Friday the worst is revealed to us: bullying, gratuitous violence and mockery. Then there is more cruelty, despair, desolation, death and abandonment. Now there is silence, that awful waiting that accompanies death; the huddling together of bodies, unsure what to do next, the longing to wake up out of a nightmare. With the dawn comes more light and an action; a devotion, at least, to the body. Then shock, disbelief, puzzlement, ecstatic action and finally overwhelming joy.
All these fall within the range of human emotions which each of us may at some time experience. If we are spared the most cruel emotions, we may find it difficult to identify with and support those who do confront them. For those who are faced with extreme events, the story of Christ’s Passion provides an opportunity to know that they are not alone, or freakish. Another has been there before.
This is a personal journey through the events and responsibilities of Easter. Some is narrative, some an emotional response to the awesome sacrifice of the season.  If the Holy Week story is to support and speak to those on the edge of organised church life, those at many points on the journey facing the range of events and emotions which we all encounter and trying to make sense of them, then we must be both creative and courageous in what we offer. This sequence of poems and pictures might be offered as a reflection on the events of Holy Week and the range of emotions which is common to us all.”
                      ROOTS WORSHIP
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“Mr. Wallis shows us once again his mastery of the free-verse form of poetry, and paints pictures with his words on the canvases of our very souls.  Keith considers himself a cross between Dylan Thomas and King David of the Psalms.  Few poets can live up to such comparison, but Keith does so and much more”.                         PERPETUAL MAGAZINE

By still waters

This is the BIG one – a glossy, coffee table, book of sumptuous photographs and poems.

There is a sample of the book – (purchase is possible) via the link to Blurb (below).


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