• Turning in Time: Poems in Search of Home

Carl Sandburg, US poet and Pulitzer Prize winner, writes: ‘Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away’. That is both true and false. Poetry is in one form an engagement with the Invisible, seeking to give it tangible expression. It is also a recognition of the hard facts of life; at once an act of disclosure, a reaching out in empathy, a sketching of a map pointing to our place in the scheme of things.


There is no guarantee that poetry will make sense. Why should it? It can, however, communicate our human condition even if it evades our understanding. ‘There is poetry’, John Cage wrote, ‘as soon as we recognise we possess nothing’. Poetry is necessary food that sustains us through time, through a journey of dispossession and discovery.


The poems in Turning in Time invite a dialogue that seeks to push aside surface debris to capture hidden depths in our daily experience. A turn away from the obvious in order to advance reasons to look ahead hopefully. A quest to identify a source of light that can lead us on.


To be a poet is to be a pilgrim sharing food with fellow travellers. It is always good to share a meal together.


Religious/non-religious. Sacred/profane. Formal/free. Mythic/grounded. Spiritual/practical. All, and none, apply. Denham Grierson’s collection will not allow us the easy tricks of made-up taxonomies. The collection just is what it is. And it will not submit to easy characterisations like ‘from the heart’, or ‘rooted in mystery’, or ‘grounded in experience’. Again, all and none apply. There is work to be done here; no longer by the poet, but by the reader. The poem gains meaning and lives only through the reader’s gaze, and the reader’s engagement. Then, and only then, is the poem truly happening.

From the Foreword by Karel Reus


Denham Grierson, a retired Uniting Church Minister, first had poems printed in his school magazine. Over the years in his writings and speaking engagements the occasional poem appeared, but only in retirement from thirty years of tertiary teaching, and forty years of ministry, has the time been available to focus on poetry, that access into the depths of our lives, as Denham describes it. There is still time for golf, family, and travel but they too are resources for writing poems.

Author Denham Grierson
Pages 80
Publication Date 18 October 2018
Imprint Coventry Press
ISBN 9780648323341

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