Dark Angelic Mills

Dark Angelic Mills.

At a time when Black Lives Matter has highlighted Britain's imperialist legacy, this poetry collection speaks directly to our concerns. 

Created by Bradford Cathedral’s Poet in Residence during its Centenary year, the poems look at Bradford’s Victorian period of ascendancy and explore its imperial legacy. But they also point a way forward by celebrating a city which once suffered violent riots, but now offers examples of creative collaboration between people of different racial and religious backgrounds. 

The collection includes poems on the landscape and its reduction to ownership and monetary value, and the local impact of wars, industrialism, and the rise of nationalist politics. It celebrates the great northern spiritual tradition with poems devoted to Hilda and Cuthbert and local figures such as Emily Bronte. Reflecting the Cathedral’s rhythm of prayer and its role within the city, poems centred on Christ and the Biblical narrative are juxtaposed with others focussed on contemporary themes. 

The collection explores the changing role of the church in a multi-faith and often stridently secular society where it can no longer speak with its old authority. Diane Pacitti’s poetry envisages a new role of living more truly the presence of Christ.


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Meet the Author (Online)

Following the publication of 'Dark Angelic Mills' earlier this year, Diane Pacitti appeared at an online event talking about her poetry, reading some of the poems, and taking your questions.


Poems by Diane Pacitti