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‘I feel that my faith permeates everything I write’

Jackie Macadam uncovers the influences of the poet and author Kenneth Steven.


We drove through grey silence;

The skies drifting with snow

In a winter that would not end.

At the church I made promises

In a language I did not know –

And a German bell rang out,

Strange in the muffled day.

And then you ran to me, Willow,

And you carried the sun in your running;

You poured into laughter and ran

As though all the war was over.

And inside a shell broke

That Easter Sunday morning;

A shell like a bird’s egg

Flooded over with warm light.

The long folly of words,

The gunneries of rage,

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