Bruce Beasley's new collection Theophobia recently made Image Journal's Top Ten of 2012 list, out of more than one hundred books, films, albums, visual art collections, and television shows. "In Bruce Beasley's newest collection, the poet's belief and doubt are deconstructed and then uncertainly rebuilt. In his restless search for (and fear of) God, he combines the ambiguity of postmodernism, the precision of science, and the theology of mysticism into sprawling poems that add surprising twists to our images of divinity..." Calling Beasley "at once an academic and a layman, a parishioner and a theologian," the Image review dubs Beasley's language "reminiscent of Geoffrey Hill" and "Gerard Manley Hopkins," as he takes great "delight" in sound, and pulls from a "dizzying variety of philosophies and disciplines." And it is this playful language and "refusal to settle into a particular mode," according to the review, that give the new collection a "curious power." "For Beasley, language itself becomes a metaphor for the Incarnation; the joining of divinity with humanity is as messy, oblique, and mysterious as the relationship between a word and its meaning... You might be reaching for the dictionary more than once with this book, but trust us: this doesn't lessen its delight in the least." See the full Top Ten list, here. Put Theophobia next on your reading list.
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