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Overturning Tables

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Poems are like parables, written to draw in the listener or reader. Paul Canon Harris combines humour, surprise and wordplay to get his audience thinking in a new way or to trigger a new insight.
Poems are like parables, written to draw in the listener or reader. Paul Canon Harris combines humour, surprise and wordplay to get his audience thinking in a new way or to trigger a new insight.

The title Overturning Tables reflects the author’s belief that God is the Great Disturber. Jesus overturned tables in the temple, upset the political and religious establishments and unleashed his Upside Down, Inside Out Kingdom.

This collection of accessible poems is a set of stepping stones through the calendar year. Many of them have already been used to enrich a wide range of acts of worship, and have been valued as part of personal reflection and prayer times.

We live life at such a pace these days; reading poetry is a wonderful way of slowing down and reflecting on the more important things in life.

Paul Canon Harris is a poet, writer and broadcaster based in Bournemouth. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 2 and other radio stations.

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Product Code1501514
NameOverturning Tables
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorPaul Canon Harris
ISBN9781848678354
Short DescriptionPoems are like parables, written to draw in the listener or reader. Paul Canon Harris combines humour, surprise and wordplay to get his audience thinking in a new way or to trigger a new insight.
Pack Size1
SizeA5
Count84 Pages
CoverPaperback
Date Published1 Mar 2016
Lead Time3 weeks (approx.) if out of stock
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The best collection of modern unexpected but christian, poetry I have seen Review by K Jennifer
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These are brilliant poems read and appreciated also by those who do not attend church.
The Baptism of Fire and Flog it both hit a nerve in the local poetry group with those irritated by easy answers
Je suis is powerful but will later generations who do not know still understand it?
I love the Memory Game as it captures the conundrum of memory recall in dementia.
Inconvenient truth is one of my favourites about society's indifference to Mental Health
The poems give us an insight into the authors own struggles and that makes them real (Posted on 29/08/2016)
An excellent selection of modern verse for all. Review by Richard Mehrabi
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An excellent selection of modern verse for all.

Some wonderful thought-provoking insights into our behaviour as well as 'pointers' in how we could well reflect on 'improving' ourselves. As with the best of poetry one gets a feeling of an experience shared, leading to a sense that somehow, no matter what we believe in individually, we're all in the same boat, we all have the same weaknesses and thank the Lord, we all can muster up the same strengths when necessary through the enduring power of those we have loved and been loved by in return, to live a meaningful life. (Posted on 09/06/2016)
I am pleased to report that Paul’s poetry is going from strength to strength, I recommend everyone buy it. Review by J. Sale
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Overturning Tables is the second collection of poetry from Paul Canon Harris and it is subtitled Subversive Poems for Christian worship, so that’s a clue, as is the middle name, Canon, for Paul was a canon in the Church of England till ill health forced an early retirement and a focus on a new career as a writer and broadcaster. So what of the poems?

I am pleased to report that Paul’s poetry is going from strength to strength, as he gains confidence and experiments more with form. Paul is an evangelist but not just in a standard Christian sense and for the faith, but he gets what Christianity is really about: the ‘subversive’ bit, for he is an evangelist for the underdog, he is against injustice wherever it rears its head, and yes, subversive as it really is in our modern times, he genuinely believes God is out there and cares for us down here. Thus each page of poetry has at the bottom of it a biblical quotation which acts as a sly commentary on the poem itself.

Some of the poems, then, are entirely devotional: for example, Madonna and Child is a moving meditation on Mary’s obedience contrasting with Jesus’ obedience to ‘the imperative of love’. The quotation at the end is from Luke’s gospel, which seems entirely appropriate as Paul gets into the humanity of the situation, much as Luke does (and by way of contrast, say, with John’s gospel). But the neat contrast leads both Mary and Jesus to the same place: ‘arriving at a cross’, and the third and final stanza, a one line coda, hits exactly the right note: ‘Like mother, like son’, and we feel the subtle ‘subversiveness’ here in the way that the word mother has replaced the proverbial father. Later, however, there are six wonderful poems seen from Joseph’s perspective: again, Paul feeling into the situation, its mystery, its ordinariness and its humour.

And Paul, yes, has a wonderful sense of humour; he is a close observer of human life and its foibles, and invariably has something witty, wise or simply amusing to say about it. For example, his poem Pancake Philosophy (a great title anyway!) starts off with the familiar ‘When life gives you lemons’ and of course then subverts it: not the cliché, make lemonade, but a much more interesting discourse:

When life gives you lemons,
pull a face,
spit out the pips,
use zest creatively.

Perhaps his greatest achievement in this collection is, for me, Remission. This strongly autobiographical poem links his own remission from his illness with remission of sins, and the whole conflict that one can experience between ‘doubt and fear’ against ‘joy and love’. But the opening has his characteristic hallmake humour:

I am glad
I suppose
to be writing in remission,
not in memoriam.

This then is a fine collection of poems, relevant to anybody, and especially for those exploring what a Christian faith might look like in the Twenty-First Century. Certainly Paul Canon Harris has kept his faith and run the race as a good and faithful servant. I recommend everyone buy it. (Posted on 09/06/2016)

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