This collection of poetry, written by my good friend Christopher Villiers, who is an award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet, tackles, expands and interacts with many themes. This is Christopher’s second book, following his successful collection of poems, entitled Sonnets from the Spirit. However, this second publication is different to the first. Petals of Vision allows the reader to become a traveller into mythology, theology, philosophy, politics and daily life, which all coexist and intertwine, presenting us all with the psychological and spiritual synthesis and thoughts of the poet.
These poems and sonnets are a pilgrimage through life! The poet’s reflections are a challenge for the reader, but also an opportunity to reminisce personal experiences, thoughts, ideas and dreams. One theme is prevalent in this anthology, and that is the idea, the reality and the significance of love. Through this notion, we identify a marriage between the Christian virtue of love together with a more secular and casual reality of this concept.
Poetry is understood very subjectively by any reader, as any form of art. A poem which impressed me is Attempting Poetry. It is rear to see the methodology of poetry within a poem. How the creator of the written word in front of us felt or what he thought, when he was endeavouring to achieve this collection. Poetry is a journey; and this is evident through this poem.
Of course, Christianity and an ecclesial understanding of the world is evident in this new collection. In Earth and Easter, for example, we identify a poetic insight of Holy Week, of the burial and Resurrection of Christ. Earth and the environment collaborate together with the spiritual mystery of salvation, of God’s plan, or as the poet explains: ‘God’s story.’
The poet wishes to promote and explain old ideas in new ways, allowing for a renewed understanding of life, love, God, affection, friendship, the environment and feelings. We can only be enriched by these ideas, allowing us to contemplate about the deeper mysteries of life.