New ACU Press poetry collection features work by English profPosted July 13, 2012
Imago Dei, recently published by ACU Press, brings together the works of more than 100 Christian poets, including Dr. Chris Willerton, professor of English and honors studies at ACU. The collection of material originally published in Christianity and Literature magazine features poems from the past 60 years, merging faith, literature, and art as a form of worship and inspiration.
Willerton contributed two poems, "How to Use the Kaleidoscope" and "He Considers the English Novel." No stranger to poetry, Willerton has published more than 40 poems over his many years of teaching and writing experience.
Willerton's work is accompanied by poems from Wendell Berry, Mark Jarman, Jeanne Murray Walker, Dana Gioia, Martha Serpas, Luci Shaw, Robert Siegel, and many more. All the poets grapple with what Imago Dei means for them as readers, writers, artists, teachers and students.
The poems find beauty in the concrete and particular, but they also ask the big questions: Why do we exist? Who is God? Where do we find God? What does the Incarnation mean? When does God speak to us, and why is God silent? The poetic voices are consistently engaging and full of the human voice in perplexity, wonder and grief.
The selection included here is used by permission.
How to Use the Kaleidoscope
by Chris Willerton
Lightly leaning down, clasping over my hand,
my mother turns the cardboard cylinder. "Point
to the light. Light." Each red shard,
green pellet, blue jag is twinned
at each fold in the light and
twinned again, and at the sheer center
sucked in like tulip petals
fusing into a threadlike stem, itself
drawn into invisibility.
"Light, Bud." If you want that lucent anemone,
that spiky carnival inside the tube,
put light behind it. Then keep tilting the innards,
reheaping the shambles in that plastic O,
that circle of eternity. Look down your scope
like God, so each accident has its counterpart,
each beauty is multiplied,
and vision counts for everything in
this unaccusable whole. The
moving force is your hand, invisible.