Turn Aside: The Poetic Vision of R.S. Thomas—Jeffrey Bilbro on the poet-priest of Wales

Updated: Feb 25

I have seen the sun break through to illuminate a small field for a while, and gone my way and forgotten it. But that was the pearl of great price, the one field that had the treasure in it. I realize now that I must give all that I have to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after an imagined past. It is the turning aside like Moses to the miracle of the lit bush, to a brightness that seemed as transitory as your youth once, but is the eternity that awaits you. That was “A Bright Field” by R.S. Thomas, an Anglican priest in twentieth century rural Wales. In this beautiful introduction to Thomas, Jeffrey Bilbro unfolds the poet's vision under the theme of “turning aside”, like Moses above. Read “Turn Aside The Poetic Vision of R. S. Thomas" for an invitation to turn from progress and nostalgia, and toward the eternal.

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