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English Prof Publishes New Poetry Collection

November 28, 2018

Dr. Chris Ellery of the Angelo State University English faculty has published a new book of original poems titled “Canticles of the Body: A Meditation on the Liturgical Cycle” through Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Wipf and Stock Publishers LogoFrom the publisher, “Through years of repetition, the feasts and fasts of the liturgical cycle imprint an indelible pattern on the psyche of the Christian. This archetype of spiritual revolution, deeply experienced, revitalizes the body in the many senses of that word. Immersed in the Perennial Tradition, “Canticles of the Body” superimposes the Christian calendar with the Vedic anatomy of Kundalini Yoga to create an extended meditation on Imago Dei (image of God). As the Shakti ascends from the body’s root to the lotus of divine union, the faithful Christian, in company with all the devoted, travels from anticipation in Advent to identification with Christ the King.

"Canticles of the Body" by Chris Ellery Book CoverOn one level, “Canticles of the Body” is a pilgrim’s adventure in the charisms of the body; on another, it is the universal journey of the soul through the seasons of a holy life. All who take the path of these canticles will surely see incarnation and communion with fresh vision while (re)discovering the familiar pattern of the yearly cycle.”

Canticles of the Body” is Ellery’s fifth published poetry collection, following:

  • “Elder Tree” (2016)
  • “The Big Mosque of Mercy” (2010)
  • “All This Light We Live In” (2006)
  • “Quarry” (2005)

Ellery’s poems, stories and essays have also appeared in dozens of anthologies and literary magazines, and he has received The Dora and Alexander Raynes Prize for Poetry and the Betsy Colquitt Award for Poetry. “The Big Mosque of Mercy” is based on his experiences in the Middle East when he was a Fulbright professor at the University of Aleppo in Syria. His memoir, “A Boy of Bethany,” also won the X.J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2015.

A professor of English at ASU, Ellery teaches creative writing, American literature and film criticism. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, Fulbright Alumni Association and Texas Institute of Letters. He earned his doctorate from Texas A&M University.

“Canticles of the Body” is available for purchase through Wipf and Stock, Amazon and other online booksellers.