Poetry. Brad Crenshaw's GENEALOGIES, an epic poem in blank verse that transgresses andtranscends conventional poetic genres is a tour de force of dazzling originality.This book-length poem concerns a sixteenth-century privateer renderedimmortal by his Native American wife, and includes time travel, birdmen,genetic manipulation and a plot to assassinate the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, with stops at a Grateful Dead concert and forays into quantum mechanics,infectious diseases, horse racing and Manichaeism, among other diversions.Part science fiction, part philosophical conjecture, GENEALOGIES mines our literaryhistory and contemporary philosophical and scientific investigations to create awork of astonishing range and power. The author of MY GARGANTUAN DESIRE—a suiteof Shakespearian sonnets presented as prose poems—once again challenges andenchants his readers with deep intelligence and a rare music.
Brad Crenshaw received both his MFA and PhD in English from the University of California, Irvine. He later obtained a second PhD in clinical psychology and neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts, where he taught neuropsychology in the graduate psychology program. For many years he worked as a neuropsychologist in a New England medical center. His poems and critical articles have appeared in various magazines, including Chicago Review, Parnassus, Massachusetts Review, Shenandoah, The Formalist, The Sandhills Review, Illinois Quarterly, Faultline, and others. Greenhouse Review Press published his first book, MY GARGANTUAN DESIRE, in addition to MEMPHIS SHOALS, GENEALOGIES, and a chapbook, Limits of Resurrection. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and in Santa Cruz, California.