Sacred or Secular?
I’m often asked whether all my poems are faith-poems. No, they’re not. But I write about what I hold sacred.
For example, I consider homelessness, immigration, asylum, politics, faith texts, cruelty, exclusivity and bullying, all to be sacred subjects. Not because they’re ‘holy’; (I’m not sure we all mean the same thing by ‘holy’), but because they’re important to a human understanding and vision of what we could be like.
I don’t notice what kind of poem I’m writing. They’re written with conviction, or yearning, or irritation, nostalgia, hope, fury, whatever. Most are built on difficult thoughts and some use swear-words. If there is any difference, between them, it is that I wouldn’t perform the very rawest ones without checking, in advance, the 'squeam-levels' of a potential audience.
So, read on. I’ve chosen, carefully, the words which reflect each subject, and which I couldn’t do without. Tough words are used to emphasise and contextualise.
Not to shock. That would be teenage, cheap, and cheesy.