Godfrey Rust (London, England)
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
After the accounting of the dead,
when the insurance claims are settled,
and the markets are back to their normal jittery selves,
we have all seen what Hell looks like. In future
we will avoid tall buildings, slowly move away
from cities, fly less often, view
our fellow passengers with circumspection,
seek refuge in more virtual reality and trade
within the safer evils of the Internet.