The Georgia Review reviewer Judith Kitchen praises Bruce Beasley's "verbal pyrotechnics," as displayed in his recent collection Theophobia (BOA, 2012). "Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, [Beasley] breaks the line on 'humility,' thus placing it on the fulcrum between the all-powerful and the unassuming, the immortal and the mortal. Then, by situating genetic engineering alongside evolution, by suggesting a God made in the human image, by reducing the language of origination to nonsense, he fashions an equivalence between supplicant and creator; However, in doing so, he has almost unwittingly exposed his doubt to the same open questions." Kitchen notes Beasley's ability to question and analyze theology, and to do so with verbal magnificence: "The poems in Theophobia register the secular doubts of our time. They reverberate with the language we hear even as they dismember it. If they refuse to 'ring' in ways whose loss we sometimes lament, they may be introducing the ear to other, newer rhythms. Bruce Beasley is one of a kind, and the inquisitive inventiveness of Theophobia assures that poetry will continue to learn by going where it has to go." Click here to subscribe to The Georgia Review and read the entire article on Theophobia. To purchase a copy of Theophobia, visit the BOA Bookstore.
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