New Release: Hold Them Close

Hold Them Close 
New poetry collection from Sarah Agnew 
Available now! 

The poems in Hold Them Close express the joys and hardships of life in its breadth, from the sacred story of Christian spirituality, to the profanity of injustice; through the isolation of the poet and PhD student’s life and the deep connections to family, friends, community, and creation.  In her third collection of poetry, Sarah Agnew continues to give voice to vulnerability, and thereby seek strength.
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Poems from Hold Them Close

Listen to Sarah speak poems from her new collection, Hold Them Close, out now with Resource Publications.

Midweek Musing. On being a guest.

In my mid twenties, I house sat for several months. The owner was particular about the way she used her space, down to when the curtains were open and closed in each room. The couch in the TV room did not lend itself to reclining, my preferred position for watching TV. The internet wouldn’t work for me, making my freelance editing job almost impossible from that space.

I was working at the time across two retail sites, as well as the freelance editing work, so felt quite split across many places. Then my car died, spectacularly (smoke and everything), and the three places for work was complicated by two places for living, as I spent more time at home in order to access cars to borrow for accessing the multiple sites for work ... sigh. All in all, it felt like a colossal disaster.

But it could have begun better. I could have set myself a more helpful foundation from which to meet some of these challenges. Had I been more sure of myself (and perhaps I ought to have been, having lived aw…

Midweek Musing: behind an Easter story

This week I am at the annual Festival Gathering for the Network of Biblical Storytellers, and this is the final of the midweek musings that come from ANKOSFilms - Jason Chesnut's ministry of digital storytelling. Again we have Jason telling the story himself. Enjoy.

How did you feel, encountering this story told this way? Stories evoke emotions, and Jason makes an interesting point about the choices we often make about what emotions to highlight when we tell these stories. The context of our telling has shaped particular ways we tell these stories, and I appreciate this provocation to hear it differently, feel it differently. 

Travel log. Perceiving depth lost, gained, held.

Something I miss, having left Edinburgh, and before that Adelaide, is the ease of conversation with friends with whom I have spent time, shared stories, developed understanding and relationship and trust. Conversations with people with whom I have done the work of negotiating boundaries and humour; with whom I have experienced the harshness of southern summers, the greyness of northern winters; with whom I am known; conversations with people I know. 
So, in the same way that walking the streets of Edinburgh was a relief as I slid into automatic, leant back into the familiar and let go of having to think so much about what I was doing, where I was going, and how, conversations these past weeks have flowed with an ease for which I am still reaching with the new friends I have made, am yet to meet, in Canberra. (And here I am leaving to one side the relationships within the congregations I serve in Canberra, for those are vastly different in nature, and follow completely different rules a…

Diary of a chronically exhausted vicar. Episode 10.

In which I somewhat unexpectedly fall in a heap. Again.

Don’t worry, I think it is actually more an everyday tiredness, brought on by three weeks of travel and emotional upheaval of reconnections and goodbyes. But I went today from quite light and rejeuvenated from two days with another New College friend, to suddenly flat, tired, foggy headed.

These past two days, Jo and I essentially did ordinary everyday life for the length of my visit, as she went to work and I worked on story and writing projects during the days, and in the evenings, we had dinner, drinks, went to evening prayer at the cathedral, watched a movie, chatted with her house mates. The simple things really are the best things.

An early start today and another plane journey. It is another unfamiliar place I needed to negotiate, in order to find sources of food, for a start. So I went for a walk, found food (though I don’t know that I’d call it a successful expedition, as in the hotel room I’ve got a fridge for the milk …

Midweek Musing: Behind the story of king Nebuchadnezzar

As we approach another annual Festival Gathering for the Network of Biblical Storytellers, here are some midweek musings in coming weeks that come from ANKOSFilms - Jason Chesnut's ministry of digital storytelling, today, you get Jason telling the story himself. Enjoy.

What do you hear in the story this time round? I appreciated the use of staccato for each time Jason says 'that he had made'. As Jason says, the positioning of the story to be told before a contemporary symbol of authority enhances the political challenge in the story. And I love Jason's choices regarding the king's inability to get the names right, or even bother - and the way that, as that changes, it reflects the internal change brought about through his encounter with these men and their God.