Forthcoming from Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers (2022).
Read some poems from this collection here.
The Canaanite Woman in both Matthew’s and Mark's gospels asks Jesus to heal her daughter from so-called demon possession, what today we might understand as a psychological, physical, or emotional disorder or a set of complex behaviors. Gospel writers give the Canaanite Woman only a handful of lines before moving on to Jesus’s next endeavor. My book pauses with her for considerably longer. The Canaanite Woman emerges as a prophet when we notice both her inborn and hard-won wisdom, her strength and resilience as a mother of a child with complicated behaviors in a culture that tends to look away when she pleas for support and understanding.
The Canaanite Woman is not an ancient visionary from an outdated story. She is your server at the restaurant. Your business partner. She is the woman seated beside you on the bleachers at the soccer game. The woman driving the car in the next lane. She might be a man, for men, too, are often primary caretakers of children with rare and complicated disabilities. Maybe you are the Canaanite Woman. Or will be. The Canaanite Woman has much to teach us about the Mystery of Love. Let’s follow her. She’ll lead us to other quiet visionaries along the way, including ones we often pass by: the visionary within the marginalized, the visionary within ourselves.
Forthcoming from Unsolicited Press (2023).
The Gospel According to B. is a queer and mystical autobiography in narrative verse of Jesus of Nazareth's coming of age. Like all gospels, this collection is a work of the sacred imagination. No gospel writer, whether canonical or non-canonical, knew Yeshua ben Yosef personally, or wrote in his native Aramaic. Unlike other gospels, this one pauses with Jesus's childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, infusing familiar biblical scenes with mystical perspectives and queer characters. The poems also add new moments -- from Jesus reading The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Iliad to his kiss with a handsome stranger from Sodom and the impact of street artists and women mystics on his unconventional ideas about sex, mysticism, and the divine. The Gospel According to B. joins other gospel writers in inviting you to write the gospel according to you.
Water always finds the deepest place. When we want to live with greater depth and freedom, we must follow the water. Water or Flood revisits sacred figures -- from Poseidon to Jonah, Moses, Noah, Lot's wife Edith, and Merpeople -- to hear what they have to share with us about the plunge into darkness and living under oceanic pressures as a way of life. What senses delight in the wavery light? Why is the ocean so rough in its intent to soften everything it touches? Is Poseidon a yogi, coaching us to breathe when drowning? Differently from the gospel writer Matthew who wants mystical figures to walk on water, this collection of poems sinks into the Deep and tumbles in the waves of heaven's darkness.