Prayer Book for the New Heretic by Colin Pope
NYQ Books, March 2023
At the intersection of religion, politics, and Americana, Colin Pope’s latest collection inquires what it means to believe while living through unbelievable times. These poems careen and rollick, imagining a world in which conspiracy theory and urban myth figure as acts of God. Here, the notion of “blind faith” is subjected to kaleidoscopic interrogation in a madcap, whirling, unabashedly entertaining pursuit of the limits of dogma. In Pope’s vision of belief, wayward children are plucked up by eagles, the moon landing is faked via the liberal use of shaving cream, and a men’s room wall is elected president. But beneath their roiling surface, these poems surge on their dauntless quest for some understanding of how we ended up here, now, fighting for our humanity.
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