This second collection charts a three-year period in my life beginning immediately after publication of The Call of the Unwritten and into my six-month sabbatical in early 2011 – when I unearthed a new way of looking at my life.
In Arriving in Magic I describe a refusal to ‘pass the gap that gates the path unnoticed’ and this opened many ‘Gateways’ disclosed in poems like ‘When will you be ready’ and ‘The Edge of Bleakness’. The chapter ‘Path Crossings’ celebrates the people whose presence has given me a magical awareness of life and death.
The ‘Tuscany’ section recalls a trip in 2010 with the poet David Whyte and how this alerted me to the magic of everyday life. ‘Unearthings’ narrates what the commonplace contains when approached with fierce attention.
The final section ‘Glad Arrivals’ reveals the wonder I came to experience, and moves into ‘The Starving Edge’ challenging the age of austerity; asking for more than simply the recreation of a broken system.