R S Thomas was an extraordinary poet.
An Anglican priest in Wales bitterly opposed to the Anglicisation of his native land.
An ardent Welsh nationalist but a great poet in English. A very unique Indigenous Man In The Anglosphere.
He wrote that “The world needs the unifying power of the imagination.” and “The nearest we approach God is as creative beings.”
He loved the endangered red kites of his native land.
When I think of R S Thomas, I think of how it feels when Bunjil soars above me in this ancient southern land.
Geoff Fox, 29th March, 2022, Down Under
(The word art “Silence Flying Free”associated with this post is published under a creative commons license by Geoff Fox and is based on a photo by Charles J Sharp of a red kite in England.)