About the Book
“The Gospel According to B.” is a queer autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth's life. A series of persona poems both in Jesus’s voice and in the voices of those he impacted, “The Gospel According to B.” delivers a queer account of Jesus’s early life and times, from his childhood to young adulthood, periods curiously omitted in canonical Gospels. Combining midrashic, gnostic, and queer thought, the poems ditch heteronormative assumptions about Jesus's experience, sensibilities, and era and imaginatively insert new, and especially queer, angles to biblical stories. Though the collection draws from a Judeo-Christian tradition, its appeal is broad regardless of one’s spiritual, religious, or atheistic orientation. The poems unlock a queer dimension to both spiritual experience and biblical history and throw open surprising revelations about the nature of the sacred.
About the Author
Benjamin Bagocius, PhD, is associate professor of the humanities with Bard Early Colleges in Washington, D.C. His two books of poetry -- The Canaanite Woman and The Gospel According to B. -- are forthcoming from Resource Publications and Unsolicited Press, respectively. He is founder and director of the Institute for Spiritual Poetry, which hosts writing workshops, group spiritual companioning, a journal, and other events. His poetry, essays, and academic articles also appear in a range of venues, including On Being, Tiferet, Pensive, Modernism/modernity, and is forthcoming in Studies in the Novel. Reach out and learn more at InstituteForSpiritualPoetry.com and BenjaminBagocius.com.