David Hodges Monk & Poet

DAVID HODGES is a monk at the Cistercian Abbey on Caldey Island, off the south coast of Wales. Before entering the Abbey, he practised as a Solicitor in Basingstoke, Hampshire, having read Law and Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has had poetry published in Spirituality, The Merton Journal, The Merton Seasonal, The Tablet, Cistercian Studies Quarterly, Mount Carmel, Religious Life Review, Studies, Cambria, on BBC Radio  and in anthologies.


His poetry has achieved wide acclaim:


Praise for his previous volumes, Songs from Solitude, On the Night Tide, Delayed by Rough Seas, Watching for the Wind, Echoes from a Far Shore and The Music of the Ocean:


“ . . . . . As ever, his poems evoke very sharply the physical environment, the rain and spray and wind and sun of the Atlantic; and they consistently steer us from the bracing weather of this coastal territory towards that other interior territory of the wind and sun of grace, leaving us on the coast of our humanity, invited into the depths . . .

Rowan Williams

“ . . . . . an outstanding poet with wide appeal . . .”

Taras Miles, The American Benedictine Review

“ . . . . . poetry that is both accessible and profound . . .”

Esther de Waal

His latest book The Seventh Wave (2016) is now available - click for more information

The books can be obtained from the Caldey Island Web Shop : click here



Brother David’s poetry reflects the monastic life of prayer in an island setting.  Seascapes, the island flora and fauna, the flight of birds, liturgy, memoir and contemporary issues all provide material for the poet’s pen.


He has published seven volumes of poetry: Songs from Solitude (1999)

On the Night Tide (2001)

Delayed by Rough Seas (2003)

Watching for the Wind (2006)

Echoes from a Far Shore (2009)

The Music of the Ocean (2013)

Picture: Francesca Jones

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