This blog contains a collection of renowned and young authors from around the world poems in the languages in which they were originally written. Each file includes author’s photo or portrait and brief biography. We offer news and announcements of interest to professional and amateur writers (writing competitions, poetry press, etc) too.

Este blog recoge una selección de poemas de reputados autores y jóvenes promesas de todo el mundo en las lenguas en las que fueron escritos originalmente. Se incluye en cada ficha una breve reseña biográfica del autor y fotos o cuadros de éste. Se complementa el grueso del material con datos de interés para escritores profesionales o aficionados a la literatura (como información sobre certámenes literarios, editoriales dedicadas a la poesía, etc).

Graham Kings

Joseph Ratzinger: European Pope

In St Peter's Square,
Holy smoke and a shy smile
Of Bavarian piety and curial power.

Funeral oration,
Conclave sermon,
Acceptance address:
Momentous momentum.

A hard act to follow,
They chose a hard man.
In thinking, penetrative;
In doctrine, conservative;
In power, effective;
In discipline, pressive:
Continuity reigns.

Enforcer becomes caretaker
To take care of Europe;
Lost continent, now
The option for mission;
Postmodern, enlarging,
Deserting tradition.

Joseph Ratzinger:
Perhaps, for some time,
Last Pope from Europe.
Africa, Latin America,
Burgeon and beckon.

A conservative caretaker,
Astounded the sixties:
May Benedict the sixteenth
Surprise us with blessing.

Graham Kings (Barkingside, Essex, Inglaterra, 1953). Obispo anglicano de Sherborn.

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