'These luminous poems are the work of a mind fully alive to the hope of the glory that will be revealed to us. In contrast to Wordsworth’s ‘intimations of immorality’, Hobson’s poetry discloses intimations of resurrection, not wistful reminiscences of a lost glory, but visionary anticipations of the life of the world to come, as glimpsed already in the pulsating, embodied life of creation. Hobson’s work moves us to join in the poet’s longing for the healing of a broken world, and challenges us, in an arid age, to reflect on the Love who is the source and hope of all things.'
Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testement, The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
'Each word and line of George Hobson’s captivating poems expresses a jubilant delight in the natural world around us and in the creative force that not only brought it into being, but pervades it, and illumines us if we are willing. The images he limns and the rhythms in which he speaks make me want to dance and sing in celebration with him'
Olivia de Havilland
'George Hobson is why I write poetry. Growing up I read his manuscripts which were filled with vivid images: stars as barnacles, screeching gulls worshipping, praising and grieving for humanity; the rich earth of France, the purple plum trees; the reality and romance of a long-term marriage with Victoria; the love of God and the quest to know the numinous more deeply. These are poems of celebration and despair, praise and invective and above all, beauty.'
Maria Apichella, Assistant Professor at The University of Maryland, and award winning poet and author of Psalmody (Eyewear Publishing, 2016) and Paga (Cinnamon Press, 2015)
'George Hobson is a seer, that is one who helps us to see deeply and well. Nothing is trivial— as the centre piece in this collection, ‘The Bells of Swettl’ shows so profoundly, one day, in its progression from dawn to dark, can be a metaphor for a whole life in its painful, glorious peculiarity. By sharing with us the significance of these details in his own life, Hobson’s work wakens us to the mystery and glory to be found in the ordinary details of our own lives. It helps us to see what a blessing and grace it is to be a God-image person in a world of miracles.'
Loren Wilkinson, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Philosophy, Regent College, Vancouver BC, Canada
'George Hobson’s poems evoke a world in which the vision of the great Wisdom books of ancient Israel make sense. This is a world in which every landscape (including human landscape, the landscape of of intimate love and relation) is charged with a presence that is at once joyful, energetic, exuberant and orderly— like music. Although George’s world is one of intensely realised visual expressions, it is music that comes to mind as I try to express their many-layered quality. Eliot wrote of music moving in stillness; poems and photographs alike present ‘still life’ which is full of motion and active bliss. This is indeed a celebration of Holy Wisdom, God’s own life giving energy in creation drawing the world together moment by moment in a difficult but stable harmony, orchestrated by Christ crucified and risen.'
Lord Williams of Oystermouth, Master, Magdalene College, Cambridge University, Former Archbishop of Canterbury