Chris Armstrong. Book of the Spirit. Curated Lines, 2022. 26pp.
Paperback / Chapbook
Rooted in the mythologies of religion, of church, synagogue and the Zen Buddhist temple or monastery, and calling, too, on the Graeco-Roman gods and muses, this collection of poems borrows words, terminologies and phrases as well as their characteristic styles to resonate with the Christian and Jewish language and liturgies, with just a whisper of Far Eastern religions. Blending near identical theologies around a single belief system, a religion centred on love, there are echoes of the Old Testament of the Bible, and of the Torah, the Talmud, and Midrash and Kabbalistic teachings. The collection speaks from – and for – the spirit of the modern world. It is the voice of our deepest, most primal faith.
Many of my traditional images, found in many of my poems and writings – time, the horizon, the sea – as well of course as love, find a place again in these lines – in my prayers.