In the frenetic restlessness of Western Society, our lives have grown too busy, our attention too lazy. We have lost the sacred art of being present — to the fire that burns inside us, to the wind that blows above us, to the water that flows between us, to the earth that stands below us. We have ceased to see the deeper reality, the ‘mountain behind the mountain’, the soul of our landscape and our connection with it.
It is time to open our eyes, to come to attention.
These Wandering Feet is a poetic exploration through the sacred lands of pilgrimage. Australian poet Joel McKerrow invites the reader to join him as he traverses outer landscapes from Australia to North America, Europe and the United Kingdom; while at the same time walking the inner landscapes of shadow and faith, doubt and light, presence and absence. From unfolding with the questions to wrestling with the unknown, it is a journey of depth into what it means to truly see and to truly listen— in a world that is always speaking.
Joel McKerrow does what poets should do—makes you laugh, think, cry, pray, hope, worship, wonder and sit back and say, ‘Ahh, now I see!’ In a time when politics, theology and other important avenues of human intercourse suffer from a flatness of prose and a vacuum of meaning, Joel walks on stage just when we need him, sounding off with all the craft of a first-rate poet and all the verve of a first-rate performer.
Author, Speaker, Activist www.brianmclaren.net
Joel McKerrow still has the muddy fingerprint of God on his cheek. He is a diligent scribe. His poems are cities that speak their stories through him; his poems are sacred woods at dawn and lamp-lit taverns where wanderers gather at dusk. This book is a journey through the heart of a brave pilgrim. A creation smudged by the hands of this red-headed saint, its pages are fully human and alive with longing and wonder.
Amy Leigh Cutler
Poet, New York www.amyleighcutler.wordpress.com
Joel Mckerrow is a voice of beauty and wisdom well past the definitions of form and time. His writing is gentle and courageous. Both brilliant and violent in its vulnerability. A tribe of poets will learn life and love at his feet and this edition of poetry does not fall short of light or growth.