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By: Raymond Pelly


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Heartscapes explores ‘the greater love’ we see in people and the world around us. The ‘heart’ poems are the prayers of a contemplative set in the context of a long life that has known tragedy and suffering as well as love and many friendships. 

Heartscapes also includes salty wisdom about real life, love poems, stories, eco-poems, poems inspired by animals, translations, poems in memory of loved ones – and much more. It thus resonates with all the living, human and animate that I encounter, as well as the landscape and seascape we are blessed with in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

Hand in hand with indigenous peoples, Maori, Aboriginal, Pacific, I’m trying to recover a sense of the sacred we have lost in our western science- and info-based culture.

Raymond Pelly is an Anglican Priest & theologian resident (since 1977) in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Born in London in 1938, where he experienced the Blitz, he has worked as a teacher in Cambridge (UK), Boston/Cambridge (MA), Auckland (NZ). He is married to Barbara Craig, father of six children, two deceased.
His book, Pilgrim to Unholy Places, investigates the implications of the Holocaust for Jewish-Christian dialogue and belief generally. His Heartscape poems explore ‘deep mind’, the well-springs of passionate creativity and a strong love that embraces people as well as land and seascape.
Raymond speaks French & German; some of his best writing has been done in Contemplative/Carmelite Communities in Berlin, Weimar, Dachau & Esterwegen/Emsland.

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  • Ursula Shone

    This is a profound and thought provoking book which explores the poets experience. Written over many years where there has been the experiences of tragedy, the natural world, and the frustrations typical of a long life. I found the Eco poems particularly relevant at this time,, with fires raging in places and deluges in others as we face climate change. There is hope though in the love and friendship known and shared and in seeking the sacred and spiritual . There is much here for pondering and perhaps personal action!

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