Chancing on Sanctity

Drops in the Sea of Time


James Ramsay

ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-7283-0332-4

LENGTH: 58 pages

Contemplative Poetry 007


The poems in this collection capture the spiritual element in the ore of common experience. The everyday breaks into the numinous and the sacred is fused with the ordinary. Human pain, brokenness, memory and the borders of mystical vision.

Chancing on Sanctity

James Ramsay

In a variety of moods and forms the poems in this collection attempt to capture something of the spiritual element that resides in the ore of common experience. They range from sing-song verse to taut lines embodying struggle. In some the everyday breaks into the numinous, in others the sacred is fused with ordinariness, even comedy. Irony has a prophetic edge, and human pain and brokenness, entangled with memory, border a mystical vision.

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ISBN: 978-0-7283-0332-4


58 pages

Book Size

140 x 210 mm


James Ramsay


Drops in the Sea of Time


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Author Bio

James Ramsay is an Anglican priest, retired from full-time ministry and living in north Norfolk. Before ordination he worked as a freelance translator. Following a curacy in Olney (Bucks) he served at the ecumenical church of the Holy Family in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, then at the Anglican church of the Resurrection in Bucharest, Romania, and finally at St Barnabas, Manor Park, Newham, where he was also part-time Chaplain at the University of East London. He has published two volumes of poetry, Monuments to a Stolen Revolution, and other poems from Bucharest (Small Stations Press) and Chancing on Sanctity (SLG Press). His works are illustrated by his wife, the artist Celia Ward, who works from a studio in their walled garden. She is a painter, muralist, textile artist, book designer, and founder of East London Textile Arts.

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