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FutureCycle Press Publishes God's Bicycle by Joel Peckham
Joel Peckham's newest full-length volume of poetry, God's Bicycle, is a contender for the 2015 FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize
From Husks: "A Chevy up on blocks is only an eyesore to the faithless."
In God's Bicycle, Peckham offers a spiritual road mix for 21st-century America. In poems that travel from the heartland through Appalachia to New England, he sings a song crafted from his own strange brew of off-kilter, irreverent psalms, prayers, hymns, aubades, and elegies in praise and homage to a fragmented but beautiful landscape and people. Drawing as much from rockabilly as Whitman, these poems are always intense and often exuberant, even in their struggle for the kind of hope that can "rise green and leafy from a bitter soil." And hope is part and parcel to it all; the title poem closes the book with God's words: I love you all I love / you I love you I love you all I / love you."
Joel Peckham is a scholar, essayist, and poet who has published a book of essays, two other full-length books of poetry, and two poetry chapbooks. His work has appeared in many literary and academic journals including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Black Warrior Review, Riverteeth, The North American Review and American Literature. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Regional Literature and Creative Writing at Marshall University.
Peckham's other work from FutureCycle Press, the chapbook Why Not Take All of Me: A Cycle of Poems on the Life and Music of Billie Holiday, is also available in the press catalog in paperback and Kindle editions.