The In-Between Land: Psalms, Poems and Haiku
By Mark Gibson
Pages: 136 pages
Published: 15 June 2015
ISBN: ePub 9781927260364
ISBN: Kindle 9781927260371
ISBN: PDF 9781927260388
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Book review published on Tui Motu Interislands Facebook page 4 August 2015
Severe earthquakes struck Christchurch in 2010–2011 and caused obvious damage to buildings, the land and waterways. The emotional impact of these events on the people who lived through them is harder to see. For many people, the city and life they knew has gone, but they are not yet able to move forward – they are stuck in-between. In this moving collection, Mark Gibson tells their story.
His 15 psalms put before God the hurts, frustrations, injustices and despair that people feel. They also offer praise and point to a new appreciation of the natural world around us and to hope for a brighter future.
The poems, which document and reflect on the author’s unfolding pastoral and spiritual journey, are grouped into broad categories:
- Loss and lament
- Healing and renewal
- Torrent Bay escapes
- Life goes on
60 haiku offer playful, snapshot impressions of living through the four seasons: autumn, winter, spring and summer.
Draw on this collection for personal nourishment, strength in difficult times or use in worship. You are not alone. There is hope.
About the Author
Mark Gibson is a Methodist minister at New Brighton Union Church. With his family, he has lived through the ongoing challenges of the 2010–11 earthquakes that impacted Christchurch. He is deeply engaged in parish and community ministry.
In 2007 he led a Lenten pilgrimage from Rakiura-Stewart Island to Wellington, to raise awareness of climate change and environmental degradation in the South Island. Mark also leads The River of Life project based in east Christchurch and co-leads the Avon Otakaro Network.
Mark is a 6th generation Cantabrian, married with four children and three grandchildren. This is his first published collection.
- Psalm 1
- Psalm 2
- Psalm 3
- Psalm 4
- Psalm 5
- Psalm 6
- Psalm 7
- Psalm 8
- Psalm 9
- Psalm 10
- Psalm 11
- Psalm 12
- Psalm 13
- Psalm 14
- Psalm 15
- Coup d’e tat
- Sleep stealers
- Adrenalin Bay
- Tectonic plates
- The day the letterbox danced
- Fourth anniversary
Loss and lament
- The Grand Old Lady
- The Immortal Four
- Twenty seven reasons
- 2011 Year of The Iconoclast
- Grey (One of those days)
- Parihaka Day
- They’re taking my city away
- Fragments from a fading frequency
- Flight MH370
- The stripper
- No one comes
Healing and renewal
- River therapy
- Brief moments between the shaking
- Waiting room
- Prayer for the Otakaro-Avon River
- Waiting room 2
- Second call
- The true source
- New Year’s beach service
- Come to the river
- Opawaho Oracle
- Colour blind
- Neighbourhood all-year BBQ
- Monck’s Bay blessing
- The steps
- The last days of winter
- Cave Creek
Torrent Bay escapes
- Dawn in Torrent Bay
- Family walk
- Waitangi Day
- Sunrise 3
- Sunrise 5
- Awesome encounter
- Long before sunrise
Life goes on
- Our Emergency Office
- Transit lounge
- At the Show
- The party crasher
- Flight Home
Keywords and subjects
Christchurch earthquakes, New Brighton, natural disaster recovery, lament, praise, healing, renewal.
REL108030 RELIGION / Christian Church / Leadership
REL012040 RELIGION / Christian Life / Inspirational
REL012110 RELIGION / Christian Life / Social Issues
REL074000 RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources
REL109010 RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Adult
REL044000 RELIGION / Christianity / Methodist
REL055020 RELIGION / Christian Rituals & Practice / Worship & Liturgy
SOC040000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief
POE003000 POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Inspirational & Religious
POE023010 POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Death, Grief, Loss
HRCL Christian liturgy, prayerbooks and hymnals
HRCS Christian spirituality and religious experience
HRCV Christian life and practice
JFFC Social impact of disasters
DCF Poetry by individual poets
JP Politics and government
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