Official Website of Author, Poet & Translator

John J. Coutts

 

BOOKS

LINES OF A LIFETIME

COLLECTED POEMS

A SACKFUL OF POEMS FOR CHRISTMAS

WAS THAT ME?

EVERYCHILD AND OTHER POEMS

A GARLAND FOR THE PASSION

WORDS BEYOND WORDS

 

 

POEM OF THE MONTH

April 2022

 

Begin again...

 

 A door has closed,

So leave behind

Rage and regret

That twist the mind.

 

We stand before

Another day.

Open the door:

Explore a way

 

You cannot know

And dare not guess.

What’s yet to come

Is yours to bless.


So join with friends

And risk a vow

To live in God’s

Eternal Now.

BIO

Welcome to my website! I am a poet, performer, author and translator. I've written extensively for BBC radio and published books and articles in the fields of literature and religion. I have recently retired as Poet-in-Residence at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum here in Stirling, Scotland. 'The Smith' has already published 'Oswald the Cat's Book of Poems for Fun and Finding out',intended for children and grownups as well. To mark my retirement, 'The Smith' has also published [July 2021] 'Enchanted Ground', a new collection my poems about exhibitions and items in the Museum 

 

As a poet, I believe that obscurity is not profundity, and that obscenity is not originality. I write in 'traditional' metres - and many of my poems are intended for public performance as well as private reading.

My qualifications include a first class degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and PhD in New Testament Studies from Edinburgh University. I am also a linguist - a number of my translations from Russian have appeared in The Complete Works of Alexander Pushkin in English" - Published by Milner & Co. A new bilingual edition of Pushkin's Lyrics is now appearing, published by the Alma Press. My latest publication is 'Rap around the Gospel'- stories from the life of Jesus with rap commentary. It's available as a paper copy or a PDF and rappers are welcome to copy and adapt the scripts to suit their own talent. Email me to find out more.

 
 
 
 

CONTACT

For any inquiries, please contact John Coutts:

Tel: UK(+44) 01786 470930 | johnjcoutts@gmail.com

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