by Alwyn Marriage
There are three ways of preserving the good things we want to keep: immersing them in brine, in olive oil or wine. At the Council of Chalcedon scholars grappled with the nature of their Lord unwilling either to discount his full humanity or, even worse, diminish his divinity. Augustine used the following metaphor: on a cup of water, pour olive oil and see how separate the two remain. Now do the same but substitute red wine for oil. As they mix, you cannot see these elements as separate, it is all water and all wine.
Alwyn Marriage’s twelve books include poetry, fiction and non-fiction — most recently, The Elder Race (novel) and Pandora’s pandemic (poetry). Her new collection, Possibly a Pomegranate, will be published in Spring 2022. She has given readings all over Britain and Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. Formerly a university philosophy lecturer and CEO of two international literacy and literature NGOs, she’s currently Managing Editor of Oversteps Books. www.marriages.me.uk/alwyn