And After This I Saw is an experimental translation from the work of Julian of Norwich. Kelly approaches the text with a poetic ear and makes the work fresh and visceral. This is the first in a series of Lighthouse pamphlets.
What if we thought of God as distress and not comfort? In this new selected edition of the work of Julian of Norwich, poet Edwin Kelly gives us a fresh take on the experiences that Julian recorded so passionately after rising from what she believed was her deathbed. Kelly explores how the difficulty of approaching God in language can become an integral part of the process of revelation. Through interleaving different manuscript versions of Julian’s work we are lead on a journey that entwines the history of the Showing of Love with its physical presence. Sometimes raw and gripping, sometimes tender, Kelly’s versions of Julian’s work reveal the poetry that lies in Julian’s search for meaning in her visions.
Edwin Kelly grew up in Limerick, Ireland, but now lives in Dublin. His poems and translations have appeared in the UK and Ireland. He studied creative writing on the MA programme at the University of East Anglia, and is the writing editor for the translation website VerseJunkies. Kelly first appeared in issue #1 of Lighthouse with a few pieces of Julian translations. He later appeared in issue #5 to talk about the translation process.