This ink is from the mind of Peter Hall.
The purpose of this blog, and these poems is to communicate…
…to communicate “what is”, and “what should be”.
Peter Hall is a Christian, and his sonnets reflect his world view which is Christo-centric.
When He is not writing poems, Peter is a Pastor, a prison chaplain, a husband, a father, a musician, a song writer, a sports fan, a coffee drinker, a thinker, a lover of the Scottish outdoors, and is passionate about Jesus Christ…not in that order.
There is hardly any literature or poetry regarding the following themes.
* the new covenant
* a revelation of Jesus
* what the Kingdom of God is
* living in the Kingdom of God
* identity from a new covenant perspective
* the state of being righteous
* abiding in Christ
People are crying out for a new vocabulary, a new narrative, a new way of communicating the new covenant. People don’t know how to talk about the Grace of God and their revelation of Christ to their friends. We need new poems, stories, sermons, books on how to transfer and impart the new covenant message. The world needs you !….please start writing !.
Here are some quotes about poetry and language itself that Peter admires…
“Poets are caretakers of language. They are shepherds of words, keeping them from harm. Words not only mean something, they ARE something; each with a sound and rhythm all of their own. Poets draw us into a deeper respect for the reality of the words they set before us”. Eugene Peterson
“Poetry is the right words in the right order” Samuel Coleridge
“Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry” Muriel Rukeyser
“Poetry helps us hear ourselves better. It throws light on your life. It sandblasts reality with light”. Fiona Wright. Actress
“The aim of poetry is to enable readers a little better to enjoy life, or a little better to endure it”. WH Auden. Yorkshire poet
“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” Kahlil Gibran. Lebanese poet.
“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” Leonard Cohen
“Science is for those who learn, poetry is for those who know”. Joseph Roux
(That last one is a bit cheeky !)
Peter is Australian born, but calls Scotland home.
Hall’s poetry influences are from a ‘melting pot’ of Australian and British cultures and writers. Being Australian born, his early work was influenced by the Australian ‘bush poets’; Henry Lawson and ‘Banjo’ Paterson. Hence the rhythmic nature of his early poetry. However, since relocating to Scotland, his work moved away from the ‘bush poetry’ style to the ‘free-verse’ style of the British poets such as Seamus Heaney (Northern Ireland) and Scottish Highland poet; Sorley Maclean.
If it’s not a Spiritual poem, his work reflects his landscape he finds himself in.
Peter says his poems are not “pop art”. They are to be chewed on, digested & pondered. He says; “my poetry and my songs are not to be grabbed instantly. They are designed to be worn for a life time like a fine cloth”.
[Please note: This is not;
- Peter Hall poet from Northamptonshire, nor
- Sir Peter Hall the British Shakespeare Company Director & poet, nor
- Peter Hall poet from Katoomba, Australia, nor
- Peter Joseph Hall poet from the USA]
With typical economy, Edwin Morgan (Glasgow poet 1920 – 2010) offers the following advice to budding writers:
1. Read good poetry, the best, modern or ancient.
2. Keep your imagination sinewy by writing about things outside your own experience.
3. Don’t wait for the divine moment. Lay the table, write a lot.
4. Work hard on a poem for a short period, but not for ever.
5. Take rejection slips as a spur, not a death sentence.
– use metaphors to show; not tell. The good poets practice this. (Robert Frost didn’t write “soul”, but “silken tent”.)
– create a tension, then ease it. This works for spiritual poetry where you are conveying a message.
– sometimes vagueness invokes thought in a reader. Double meanings can give richness & depth to a poem.
– paint your words, but avoid sentimentality. (His love is like a rose on a spring morning).
By the way…
Here is a brilliant description of writing poetry for those who have been bitten by the “poetry bug”, by the excellent Australian poet, Les Murray.
“It’s wonderful, there’s nothing else like it, you write in a trance. And the trance is completely addictive, you love it, you want more of it. Once you’ve written the poem and had the trance, polished it and so on, you can go back to the poem and have a trace of that trance, have the shadow of it, but you can’t have it fully again. It seemed to be a knack I discovered as I went along. It’s an integration of the body-mind and the dreaming-mind and the daylight-conscious-mind. All three are firing at once, they’re all in concert. You can be sitting there but inwardly dancing, and the breath and the weight and everything else are involved, you’re fully alive. It takes a while to get into it. You have to have some key, like say a phrase or a few phrases or a subject matter or maybe even a tune to get you started going towards it, and it starts to accumulate. Sometimes it starts without your knowing that you’re getting there, and it builds in your mind like a pressure. I once described it as being like a painless headache, and you know there’s a poem in there, but you have to wait until the words form.”