Gen. Sir Edmund Allenby and entourage entering
Lance Banbury Spiritual Sonnets
And quaint Priapus with his company,
Could have brought forth so beautiful a birth;—
Her love subdued their wonder and their mirth.
SHELLEY, The Witch of Atlas, 125-8.
Having been informed by a friend in conversation of a public toilet or homosexual 'beat' which had become notorious as a meeting place for men seeking casual sex, I made an effort to do something for the honour of Our Lord's Person. I went there and exhorted the men who were lingering inside to desist, in the name of the Blessed Saviour.
This series of thirteen sonnets is intended as a selection of graduated thoughts (or intellectual scenarios) centred on recollections of this experience. I know not whether they may be termed evolutionary, in their principles of meaning. Their beauty or otherwise is attempted as leading to a Christian conclusion and solution of the permanent dilemma of the purpose of poetry in the postmodernist, neuromantic age.
The Men's Public Toilet as the Old City · The Moneychangers · Gambaugium · Crashaw · The Order of the Purple Shirt · One Spirit · Into the Void · Walking on the Ceiling (Not the Roof) of Hell · Camouflage and Deception · The Gare Saint-Lazare, the Arrival of a Train · The Iron Railings of a Rood Screen · Pierre Teilhard de Chardin · Portrait