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August 06, 2010



Gosh, Jim - thank you for this! I may not ever now get anything written about Counterpoint, because you've said so much so well that I was struggling to articulate - but I may yet feel moved to think aloud about the effect that reading these poems has on me personally. That lifelong struggle of Thomas's is one of the main factors in keeping me on the road, and having been where he was physically adds to the sense of indentification.
Thanks again!


My comment didn't get through yesterday, thought I'd try again. I just wanted to thank you for posting this - both for your words and those of Thomas.

Jason Goroncy

A(nother) beautiful post Jim. This one cost me a few dollars too, inspired as I was to go and buy a few volumes of Thomas' work. Thanks.

Dr. James Willingham

Of far greater depths, born in the brutally sun-drenched cotton-fields of Arkansas, is the exceedingly realistic truth, that the Bible in its Gospel message is the Creator, Redeemer God speaking to man, and, where He speaks and when His message goes home according to His design, there peace brings calm and sanity to violent torn human beings. A deadly and yet completely joyful word claims aloud that meaning and purpose have arrived and even a poor, ignorant, third-grade educated share-cropper can grasp as much and become victorious over his passions and fears of death and die with joy the easiest death an attending nurse had ever witnessed and the most relaxed body the undertaker ever handled. What a glory is shed on our way.


Hi, I am from Australia.

But what if the entirely fictional story re the blood sacrifice,and alleged death and resurrection story has nothing whatsoever to do with the spirit-breathing Spiritual Way of life taught and demonstrated by Saint Jesus of Galilee while he was alive.

Or with how to live a self Transcending Right Life altogether

Plus the Truth About Death

Jim Gordon

Thanks for your comment and question John. "What if the entirely fictional story...." Well there's a bold piece of metaphysical and historical dismissal! Our knowledge of the way of life lived and taught by Jesus of Nazareth to which you refer is derived entirely from the Gospels, which even their severest critics hesitate to dismiss as "entirely fictional story".In any case, in reading the poetry of R S Thomas what is important is that he, despite many deeply felt and anguished questions, held tenaciously to the truth and reality of God revealed in Jesus, crucified and risen.

By the way, links to other sites are automatically deleted from comments on this blog and therefore don't appear on your comment.

Chris E Green

I'm with Jason: reading this post is proving costly for me! Beautiful. Both the poem and your account of it. Thank you.

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