BBC Radio 4
Transmission Date Sunday 9th September 2018, 4.30pm
Repeated Saturday 15th September 2018, 11.30pm
Presented by Edward Clarke
Produced by Anna Scott-Brown
A contemporary poet navigates the relationship between spiritual understanding and poetics. Edward Clarke examines his process of engaging with the Psalms, and scrutinising his belief that poetry is the most powerful means of negotiating and making sense of ourselves, and the world, today.
Psalm 70 by Edward Clarke
70 I’d like to set you to The tune Of ‘Wolves A-Howling’, So you can make no tarrying, And hurry Out across The peaks of wild Arkansas, The heights of south Missouri: Make haste, O Lord, to help me, Make haste, O God, to seize me, Can’t you see the wolves a-howling All round my pretty little darling? The tail end of Another text The prelude to The song that’s next, This song is but an interlude Of perfect prayer With hardly any words That fiddlers howl with care. And I would put it in Some wild quatrains To try and heed The word that frames Its words: Make haste, Let them be confused That chase My living soul, That howl And are a-howling All round my darling. Let all that seek you Exult and howl, Let God be magnified Inside my soul. As I am poor and needy Make haste to seize me: O how the wolves are howling All around my poor little darling.