When the Gnostic Gospels collide with new age spiritualism, the Oxford Happiness Test, and treatises on Buddhist practice, we know we're in the territory of a Bruce Beasley collection. Alternately devout and heretical, Beasley--known for his intense and continuing soul-quest through previous award-winning books--interrogates the absurdities, psychic violence, and spiritual condition of twenty-first century America with despair, philosophic intelligence, and piercing humor.
Bruce Beasley is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Theophobia (BOA, 2012). The winner of numerous literary awards and fellowships, he lives in Bellingham, WA, where he is a professor of English at Western Washington University.
About the Author
Bruce Beasley is the author of seven previous collections of poetry, including Theophobia (BOA, 2012). He is the winner of the Colorado Prize in Poetry (selected by Charles Wright) for Summer Mystagogia (1996), the Ohio State University Press/Journal Award for The Creation (1994), and the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Award competition for Lord Brain (2005). He has won three Pushcart Prizes, and his work appears in The Pushcart Book of Poetry: The Best Poems from the First 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist Trust of Washington. A native of Macon, Georgia, he lives in Bellingham, Washington, where he is a professor of English at Western Washington University.