The In-Between Land – Print book

The In-Between Land: Psalms, Poems and Haiku
By Mark Gibson

IBL_front_cover_250w_14_May_ 2015 Print edition details

Paperback: 136 pages
Published: 15 June 2015
Language: English
ISBN: NZ 9781927260357
ISBN: US 9781514339329
Product Dimensions: 6″ x 9″





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“The psalms and a number of the poems lend themselves to liturgical use…” Review by Lynne Frith of The In-between Land. Book review published in Touchstone October 2015

“…insightful, and often deeply moving.” Review by Jim Consedine of The In-Between Land

Book review published on Tui Motu Interislands Facebook page 4 August 2015

Book description 

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:

  • Earthquakes
  • 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
  • Dam-nation
  • Fragments from a fading frequency
  • Inefficient
  • Flight MH370
  • The stripper
  • No one comes
  • Tiredness
  • Wetlands

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
  • Resurrection
  • 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
  • Epiphany
  • Long before sunrise

Life goes on

  • Our Emergency Office
  • Transit lounge
  • At the Show
  • The party crasher
  • Advent
  • Management
  • Waiata
  • 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
DC      Poetry
JP       Politics and government