University of Alaska PRESS

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Armor & Ornament

by Miles, Christopher Lee

70 p., 6 x 9

Format: Paper and electronic

Price: $16.95

2019

Armor & Ornament turns away from the popular trends of contemporary poetry, calling instead upon traditional and Biblical forms. Rather than drawing on recent styles and modern trends, Christopher Miles looks to the texts that have inspired artists for millennia. These are Christian poems that have a deep and unapologetic understanding of God’s world, and they explore, with steady faith, all sides of this world.

As a military veteran, Miles also centers his poetry amongst war. Through tone and voice, warfare permeates these poems, providing poetry that relies less on the traditional, Christian tension of doubt and shaken faith than on the inherent tension of a broken world. This resonant new collection melds deeprooted spirituality with contemporary tensions, offering modern psalms for a tumultuous and uncertain age.

Christopher Lee Miles grew up on a farm in southeastern Minnesota, served four years in the United States Navy, and obtained an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He lives and works in Fairbanks.

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