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CONTENTS VOL 169 NO 24 3 No winners 4-5 Meeting for Sufferings:

Time for discernment 6 Earthquake at Yearly Meeting Janet Scott 7 Walking for repentance Symon Hill 8-9 Let them eat toast Jamie Wrench 10-11 Gemini poets Eleanor Nesbitt 12-13 Friendly work with violent people Diana Francis 14-15 Letters 16 Q-eye 17 Friends & Meetings

I feel that the creation of poetry is not unlike the upsurging of words in a Quaker meeting. First, heart and mind must be prepared – and the emotional and mental preparation for art is something which few non-artists realise. Then there is the waiting, perhaps for months, because poetry cannot be forced: it is an act of imagination, not of will ... and then at last comes the moment of certainty, accompanied usually by some physical action, and the words begin to flow.

Clive Sansom, 1965 Quaker faith & practice 21.40

Cover image: Clare College Cambridge with King’s College Chapel in background. Photo: Chelmsfordblue/flickr CC. See pages 10-11.


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