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All Things of the Spirit

All Things of the Spirit

Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

by Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

Publisher: NCPI

Subject: Poetry, Anthology

Book Code: 312

Pages: 168 pp, Book

Pub. Date: 1997

ISBN: 0 86408 184 7

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The Spirit of All Things

All Things of the Spirit

Foreword

This is the second major volume of Geoffrey Bingham's poetry; the first, published by Troubadour Press in 1992, was The Spirit of All Things. The Introduction to that book could be apt for this present publication, seeing it is simply a continuation of the same themes and impressions. Entitled 'The Reading of Poetry', that Introduction is really an essay on the nature of poetry, and an invitation to take poetry seriously as the highest literary form, and the most powerful.

Many folk believe they have an innate aversion to poetry but continue to be enthusiastic about songs of all kinds, and songs and hymns are, of course, poetry. That is why reading poetry aloud, or having it read to one, is most important. The human voice has rich powers of evocation, and strikes the deepest chords of the human spirit, so that, all unwittingly to the hearer, there is such an affect that suddenly emotion is released with-in. On two occasions I have had the delightful experience of seeing and hearing Andrew Lansdown-winner of the John Bray Poetry Award-read his verse to two diverse audiences. The first was at a Writers' Week in Adelaide during the Festival of Arts, and this was a highly sophisticated literary group. During the reading, it seemed that the sophistication melted, giving way to a kind of emotional wonder and joy. The second was an audience of clergy, all of whom wondered why they should have a poet read to them in a Ministers' Conference: it seemed so unpractical! They soon discovered that deep down they had an immense love of poetry and responded in virtually the same way as had the previous literary gathering.

It does not take much perception to see that the use of the human voice in reading, ably takes the place of the music which accompanies lyrics, be they ballads, sonnets, hymns or love songs. Poetry demands an entrance into the poet's mind, a participation in the creative material which has come from him, often unbidden, but then properly pored over, corrected and polished.

As to the quality and value of my scribbling, I have no estimate whatever, but perhaps a speck or two of gold may be found amongst the straw. I trust so.