New Publication released September 28th 2017

Faces of Memory


Written by George Hobson

Published by Olympia Publishers

28/09/2017 - £6.99 – Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-84897-843-0

Read together, the three long poems in this book constitute a kind of epic. In the manner of a cubist painting, they present, through the medium of memory, the complex portrait of a man, the poet. The poems are dramatic narratives, each providing a distinctive perspective on, and poetic use of, memory. The poet is a Christian, and the poems, which range across relationships and places he has known, evoke a life lived in faith and hope. The Bells of Swettl uses the framework of the monastic offices to dramatize and universalize the movement of a life through time; The Psaltery is a meditation, studded with stories, on life's meaning in the face of passing time and death; and, in fifteen poems, The Trinity Suites evokes an array of characters and remembered experiences that explore, in a harsh world, the possibility of love and redemption. Themes such as the relationship of son to father and mother, the love of husband and wife, the tension between city and wilderness, the sorrow of loss, the horror of violence, weave through the poems. Throughout, differently in each poem, memory is deployed as the vehicle to structure the past and intimate a possible future, thus giving order and shape to human life.

George Hobson is a priest in the Episcopal/Anglican Church. He has lived in France for over half his life, working with both French and English-speaking churches. He studied theology at Oxford in the 1980s and earned his doctorate in 1989. With his wife, Victoria, he has travelled extensively in developing countries, teaching courses in theological colleges. He has published two books of poetry in England: Rumours of Hope, with Piquant Editions, and a collective volume, Forgotten Genocides of the 20th Century, with Garod Books. His poem "Sun-Patch" won Second Prize in the International Bridport Poetry Competition in 1995.

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Faces of Memory shines with rich imagery observed from daily life and wide-ranging travel. It is rooted in history, monastic traditions, and the reality and romance of a long-term marriage with Victoria. The poems explore the love of God, and Hobson is generous in sharing his quest to know the numinous more deeply. These are poems of celebration and despair, praise and invective, and above all, beauty.
— Maria Apichella, Award-winning poet and author of Psalmody (Eyewear Publishing, 2016) and Paga (Cinnamon Press, 2015). Assistant Professor at The University of Maryland, University College, Europe. Shortlisted for the Forward Prize, Best First Collection, 2017.
What a triumph this is—a trinity of poems in which George Hobson partners with God to tell stories bursting with the results of life-long contemplation and devotion. Read them aloud until their plangent images and rhythms swell and settle, leaving you enlightened and grateful.
— Luci Shaw, Author, Thumbprint in the Clay and SeaGlass: New and Selected Poems. Writer in Residence, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada.