Biography of Godfrey Rust
Godfrey Rust has written and published poetry since 1980. All his work is collected on the website www.wordsout.co.uk. His poems are generally Christian in orientation, but he is not a devotional religious poet, using poetry rather to explore the paradoxes, power and humour of faith in a postmodern age, and he writes on many subjects. Many of his pieces are written for specific commissions or contexts, and are quite widely read and published especially in the UK, especially for Christmas and Easter events. His poem 'September 11,2001', written in the week following the terrorist attacks, has appeared in scores of publications, and a section was incorporated into the Archbishop of Canterbury's address at the memorial service for British victims. He lives in Ealing, London, England, is married with three adult children, and earns a living as a systems consultant and ontologist.
Godfrey Rust's Works:
Breaking the Chains (Word Books 1992, out of print)
Welcome to the real world: collected poems and performance pieces 1980-2000 (Wordsout Publications 2000, still available)
All poems are now published at www.wordsout.co.uk
When this bloody war is over
we will help rebuild your land,
bury deep the old injustice,
prove how much we understand.
Let us use your skies and runways
while we bring them to their knees.
Show us public approbation.
Keep your people quiet, please.