diamond cutters

Recently, I was sent a handsome new American anthology of spiritual and visionary poetry called Diamond Cutters (edited by poets Andrew Harvey and Jay Ramsay) and sat happily with the book, feeling thoroughly uplifted as I read beautiful words…Yes, that’s what I love: Gregorian chant, solitude, illuminated manuscripts, fine poetry that touches the soul — peace and intellectual sustenance combined. Bliss.
—Bel Mooney columnist for the Daily Mail, English journalist, and broadcaster

Diamond Cutters: Visionary Poets in America, Britain, & Oceania, edited by Andrew Harvey and Jay Ramsay, is a major and important testament to poetry which seeks and succeeds in transforming the reader. A special bravo to have included the obscure yet memorable mystic-poet, Lewis Thompson’s “The Heart of the World”.  Among the gems are William Stafford’s “When I Met my Muse” and “Climbing Along the River.” And Jay Ramsay’s, “Only Listen” and “St. Ives” helping us to fill the inner void of today’s flattened world. Also notable is Irina Kuzminsky’s “Ground Zero” and “In the Beginning”.  More than ever, it is a time for poetry to aid us - despite all facts - to rise.  
Catherine Ann Jones, The Way of Story; Freud’s Oracle

Diamond Cutters names the tradition of Visionary Poetry from the early 20th century with Kathleen Raine and David Gascoyne through to contemporary poets in the early 21st in both Britain and America as well as Australia at a time when spiritual consciousness is more important for us than ever; not simply as an inward or private language, but as a way of actively seeing and reading what is going on in our world today at a time of critical personal and political transition.  

This unique anthology (400pp), co-edited with Andrew Harvey, names and celebrates this impulse and focus, taking poetry beyond social realism towards the Source which is both our origin and transformation as human beings. At the same time, it is deeply political and ecological, critiquing the restrictive ideologies that limit our minds, our freedom, and our compassion. Poets include William Stafford, Robert Bly (now 90), Jeni Couzyn, Andrew Harvey, Dorothy Walters, Janine Canan, Gabriel Bradford Millar, Aidan Andrew Dun, Thanissara, Niall McDevitt, Rose Flint, Thomas R. Smith, Irina Kuzminsky, John Fox, and Philip Wells. It has global reach and emphasis towards what it means to realize ourselves as 'One World People'.

The contributors of Diamond Cutters are poets famous and obscure, living and dead, who have come together from points across the globe to present this work, which is being hailed as “Neo-Metaphysical Verse” for our times. “Neo-Metaphysical Verse,” is that which opposes directly the bathetic, the ugly, and the trivial, that have manifested so broadly across our world. Diamond Cutters provides a move to end that regime, clothed simply with the truth and beauty.

THE editors

Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey has written and edited over 30 books. Among Andrew’s most well-known titles are: The Way of Passion, The Celebration of Rumi, and Perfume of the Desert. Andrew has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and The California Institute of Integral Studies. Andrew is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change.

Jay Ramsay

Jay Ramsay has edited and co-edited a series of dynamic and radical anthologies of contemporary poetry since Angels of Fire, which was commissioned by Andrew Motion at Chatto in 1985. Diamond Cutters is his sixth. Author of 30+ books including non-fiction and Chinese classic translation with Martin Palmer, he is also a UKCP-accredited psychotherapist in private practice.


Lewis Thompson

David Gascoyne

Kathleen Raine

William Strafford

Sally Purcell

Robert Bly

Andrew Harvey

Dorothy Walters

Jeni Couzyn

Janine Canan

Charles Upton

Alan Jackson

Jehanne Mehta

Jennifer Doan Upton

Gabriel Bradford Millar

Paul Matthews

Sebastian Barker

Aidan Andrew Dun


Hilary Davies

Niall McDevitt

Rose Flint

Jay Ramsay

Zanna Beswick

Peter Owen Jones

Alan Rycroft

Henry Shukman

Georgi Y. Johnson 

Ivan M. Granger

Mirabai Starr

Irina Kuzminsky

Jenny D’Angelo

Diana Durham

Chris Saade

Philip Wells

Lisa Page

Helen Moore

Thomas R. Smith

John Fox

Anna Saunders

Victoria Field

Kim French

Jay Ramsay Reading Tears in The Fence Festival 2014

Inspiring speaker and author Andrew Harvey talks about Sacred Activism at Awen Forum, Stroud Sub Rooms, Glos, England, Sunday 8 September - an event co-organised by Kevan Manwaring & Jay Ramsay. www.awenpublications.co.uk

diamond cutters: VISIONARY POETS... - BIBLET




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