Standing in the gate between what is and what could be . . .
These poems flow out of the "in-between times", looking back to what brought us here and ahead to where the road may lead, and meditating on the rich lessons to be learned in such seasons of active waiting. The collection chronicles a journey through different chapters of wonder, expectancy, longing, disappointment, joy, discouragement, darkness . . . and, through it all, the complicated ongoing relationship with that discomfiting but fiercely faithful friend called Hope: always just on the other side of the gate, always beckoning us onwards, and never letting us slip into the uncomfortable apathy of despair. From "free verse" to "holy sonnets", from Valentine's Day to Advent, from oceanside musings to the long narrative poem "The Witch of Hampstead Heath", this wide array of poetry has something for everyone – even if you don't like poetry!