Nigel Gerrans' eclectic spiritual poetry, first collected in 2009's Tenebrae, has earned deserved plaudits for its intensity of feeling and richness of imagery and language. A Visit to the Art Gallery offers a new selection, drawing on the poet's remarkable life experience to present twenty-four dazzling portraits, landscapes and memories, composed over six decades and published here for the first time.
This edition also includes a complete, revised text of Song Sequence, a twenty-six poem cycle intended for performance by four voices, as well as its sister work Chorale, a dialogue where priest and poet debate their seemingly irreconcileable vocations. These are surrounded by the exhibitions in the 'art gallery' itself, each a breathless and stunning piece of art in its own right; together, a must-own volume by an extraordinary poetic talent.
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Nigel Gerrans was born in Surrey in 1931. He studied Modern Languages at Cambridge, after which he spent several years teaching in a school for cerebral palsied children. He later worked as a filmmaker for the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, before taking ordination as a priest and serving as full-time Hospital Chaplain in a busy District General Hospital.He is now retired and lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.