Poetry. LGBT Studies. Cyrus Cassells's fifth book commemorates the blazing integrity of young people caught in the vise of World War II. In its journey through the "anti-miracle" of Europe's embattled past, THE CROSSED-OUT SWASTIKA follows the lives of historical and semi-fictional characters to unearth and amplify moments of almost impossible music, bravery, beauty, and redemption, illuminating the human spirit against unspeakable tyranny.
Cyrus Cassells grew up in the Mojave Desert. He graduated from Stanford University and has worked as a translator, film critic, and actor; he currently teaches poetry in the MFA program at Texas State University-San Marcos. He is the author of SOUL MAKE A PATH THROUGH SHOUTING (1994), BEAUTIFUL SIGNOR (1997), MORE THAN PEACE AND CYPRESSES (2004) and THE CROSSED-OUT SWASTIKA (2012), all published by Copper Canyon Press. Author City: AUSTIN, TX USA