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Call for Submissions
The Poet's Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Spirituality
Edited by Dr.Oliver V. Brennan and Dr. Todd Swift
For Publication by Eyewear Publishing 2013
Deadline for submission: August 1, 2012

Eyewear Publishing is publishing an anthology of new, previously unpublished or recently published, poems, written in English, concerned with spiritual issues in this secular age, by persons of any faith, or none. Submissions will be welcomed via email as word documents, containing no more than three poems, and including contact details and a brief 100 word biographical note about the author.

One of the characteristics of our contemporary culture which is generally
described as post-modern is the human search for the spiritual. The advent
of post-modernity has been accompanied by the dawn of a new spiritual
awakening. Many spiritual writers say that desire is our fundamental
dis-ease and is always stronger than satisfaction. This desire lies at the
centre of our lives, in the deep recesses of the soul. This unquenchable
fire residing in all of us manifests itself at key points in the human life
cycle. Spirituality is ultimately what we do about that desire. When Plato
said that we are on fire because our souls come from beyond and that beyond
is trying to draw it back to itself, he is laying out the broad outlines for
a spirituality. Augustine made this explicitly Christian in his universally
known phrase: 'You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are
restless until they rest in You'.
This new emphasis on and openness to the spiritual dimension of human
existence which is characteristic of contemporary lived culture is
accompanied by a new emergence of atheism - 'The Rage against God' - as well
as a sometimes-aggressive secularism. Richard Dawkins and Christopher
Hitchens are the two best-known exemplars of this in Western Europe.
Perhaps the best response to this rage against belief in a Divine Power at
work in the universe is a poetic one. In reply to people such as his
brother Christopher and Dawkins, Peter Hitchens believes that passions as
strong as theirs are more likely to be countered by 'the unexpected force of
poetry, which can ambush the human heart at any time'.
Hence we invite poets from around the world who can empathise with the new
search for the spiritual to write about their belief, search or struggle
with their quest for God (or a God), whether their image of God is what one
young person described as 'a creative energy that exists all around us, a
life force', the female image of God of the Old Testament, or the Abba
(Father) image which lay at the core of the spirituality of Jesus of
Nazareth, or indeed, some heretofore unimagined apprehension of the divine.
The purpose of this collection is to awaken debate, create an imaginative
discourse and generally open a space for religious poetic practices in the
contemporary world, while at the same time refusing to delimit the horizon
of the possible.
As poetry, and poets, have a long, rich, and no doubt complicated tradition
of writing to, and about God (one needs only to think of Dante, Milton,
Donne and Dickinson) and other issues surrounding faith, belief, and
transcendence, the editors believe there should be no shortage of inspiring,
inquiring, intriguing and imaginative poems available for readers at this
challenging time in human history.

For more information, or to submit, contact Dr Swift at
T.Swift@kingston.ac.uk or at Facebook
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