Poetry. "For decades, a certain photograph—I don't know who took the picture—has been lodged in my mind of an ash-smeared, half-naked, crazed-looking man peering through a thicket of brambles in what might be called The Wilderness of No God. He looks tragically alone, bereft, cut loose from the comforting anchors of religious faith, and yet he seems surprisingly tranquil. In this collection, I have transcribed the poems—I think of them as songs—which I believe this man sings in the depths of his heart. Yes, his Mystical Faith Exploded in the Midst of a Cathedral, but after years of wandering, he has found joy, coherence, cohesion—his voice. I have titled this book GOD: A HANDBOOK FOR THE DISBELIEVER because I think of it as a comforting treasury of verses for all of us who travel this treacherous journey of life alone."—Gordon Massman
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About the Author
Gordon Massman was born in 1949, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and attended the University of Texas–Austin, and the University of Alaska–Fairbanks. For twenty-five years he acquired scholarly and trade books in the social sciences and humanities for various scholarly and commercial publishers including The University of Wisconsin Press and Westview Press. He now teaches writing and literature at The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts, and lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts. He is the author of THE NUMBERS (Pavement Saw Press, 2000), THE ESSENTIAL NUMBERS 1991-2008 (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009), 0.174: THE COMPLETE NUMBERS CYCLE (NYQ Books, 2011), the collections LOVE and DEATH, both published by NYQ Books in 2014 (also available as a two-volume set), and GOD: A HANDBOOK FOR THE DISBELIEVER (NYQ Books, 2017).