poems and readings for
Most of the pieces listed here were written for carol services and are used at events each year in the UK and elsewhere.
What kind of Messiah? is a tongue in cheek reflection on how we would like the promised Saviour to behave. Skin starts at Christmas and imagines Christ's life from some of the senses of his human body. The last poem in the Magi sequence, The epiphany, can also be used effectively on its own as a longer reading.
More jokey pieces for one or more performers acting out a particular role are Light of the world, the mock bulletin News just in and A child is born, which works particularly well if you are able to use Powerpoint or similar slides to show the spoof questionnaire.
Incarnate - written for Christmas 2013 - is a serious piece, not long but with the broadest scope of any, a two-part telling of the story within universal history, usable as a single poem or split into a "prologue" and "epilogue" to an event.
As well as the shorter poems listed, any of The last straw can be used as short poems on their own - The word, The nativity and The magi probably best - as might the poems about the birth (Dancing) and the shepherds (Modus operandi ) from A Christmas commentary.
Finally there are four sequences which were created as narrative frameworks for a whole service or concert when mixed with other elements:
The last straw comprises eight short poems acting as introductions to some of the usual carol service bible readings.
The four longer poems of Magi provide a contemporary interpretation of the story which can be shared among any number of voices.
If you choose to use any of these in your events, or have other comments about them which you think may be helpful to me or others, please let me know.
Painting "In the beginning was the word" by Shiloh Sophia McCloud, www.shilohsophiastudios.com.
News just in (for 1 or 2 voices)
Any poem from The last straw
four narrative sequencesmagi