The texts of some of Irina Ratushinskaya’s poetry

When I did the Echoes from Eternity edition of Irina Ratushinskaya poems, I mentioned that I would post the texts of some of them. So, voilà. All are taken from the 1988 Bloodaxe Books anthology Pencil Letter. THE WHITE-HOT BLIZZARD …

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Q Marks the Spot 142 (August 2020)

Sacred Treasure Steve Guthrie has a fascinating series on Music and the Holy Spirit over at Rabbit Room. In 4 parts, with this the first: The Sound that Breath Makes My friend Ziya Meral has a powerful piece on President…

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Hearing the Unheard: 3. Five Novels by Black Novelists

One of the many reasons for missing life in central London is Daunt Books. I've mentioned it a few times here, including in this post about keeping reading diets mixed. The wonder of this travel bookshop is their geographical shelf-arrangement…

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Q Marks the Spot 141 (July 2020)

Sacred Treasure Carl Trueman has a simply superb First Things piece on Covid19, human mortality and modern culture's avoidance of death: The Final Enemy Justin Taylor helpfully summarises Alan Jacobs' Thinking Person's Checklist Greg Forster very helpfully engages with some…

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Echoes from Eternity: 35. Irina Ratushinskaya from the Gulag

Irina Ratushinskaya was an inspiration. I've mentioned her here before, having had a fluke encounter in a bookshop. She proved remarkably resilient in the most appalling circumstances, a Soviet labour camp. Her crime? Poetry. It's terrifying that some today might…

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Flooded Out: Can you HELP a dear friend in Romania?

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I can't quite believe it but I first met Dani Oprean 12 years ago now, during my first visit to Romania. We had little idea how the seeds sown during that consultation would germinate - but now the Langham work…

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