New Publication

As we move into the season of Lent we are delighted to announce the Mathetes Trust’s first publication : Something Understood – Poems for Reflection and Meditation.


‘Most people need poetry, but not much of it: it is a vitamin of which small familiar doses are enough. The poems most people know and enjoy and turn over and over again through their lives are like prayers addressed to the mystery of themselves’ – Geoffrey Grigson
A sequel to the earlier collection Distilling Life, this new anthology is designed to provide a starting point for reflection on some of the big questions of life – things we often avoid talking about, or for which we can’t quite find the words. It is arranged in five thematic sections: Seeing, Living, Loving, Trusting and Dying. Each section contains about twenty poems or pieces of prose, and each includes contributions from a wide range of authors, both historical and contemporary. Some of the poems are well known; others are published here for the first time.
Designed to be used for personal reflection, in poetry groups, or read aloud in larger gatherings, the book is beautifully illustrated throughout with high quality black and white photographs and drawings.
What people said about Distilling Life:
  • “Our poetry group meets monthly. It is surprising how often this short anthology seems to contain a poem that just fits the bill, inspires new insight, provokes us to further discussion – and sometimes makes us laugh” – Anna Farago
  • “I have just conducted a quiet morning with lay leaders. As well as Scripture readings I used a number of poems from Distilling Life. A very powerful and moving resource” – Bishop Stuart Robinson
The collection is edited by Alison Morgan. Alison has a lifelong love of poetry, and is known both for her academic and spiritual writing. Her books include Dante and the Medieval Other World, The Wild Gospel, and Following Jesus: The Plural of Disciple is Church
Copies can be ordered from our publications page or by post from The Mathetes Trust, 10 Dairy Close, Wells BA52ND, price £8. If you would like to order by post please include a cheque for £9.58, which includes p&p. Or you can order it on Amazon.

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