Poetry. Women's Studies. Spirituality. The poems in GOD IS A LAUGHING BEDOUIN are a journey through a life lived, set with and against a spirituality that is imbued into the collection in ways that any reader can relate to. The poems evoke powerful emotions and responses, and bear witness to the world around us with keen eyes, cutting edge, and relentless reality. Many of the poems have a spiritual tone, inspired by the poet's experience of forty days of silence in the gracious company of the Jesuits at Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario. Biblical characters as portrayed as flawed and part of the human condition, illuminating the universal emotions that are explored in the poems. These poems are written with imagination, feminism, humour, at times breathtaking use of images and language and will appeal to both the agnostic and the spiritual reader.
Cullene Bryant (June 4,1941-April 23, 2017) was a retired minister in the United Church of Canada and grandmother of five children, living in Vancouver, BC. She authored two collections of short fiction, Llamas In The Snow (1993) andIn the Dry Woods (2005). The title story of the latter collection, "In The Dry Woods," was awarded the 2006 national Canadian Christian Writing Award. Her stories have aired on CBC radio and appeared in various literary journals, among them Room of One's Own; Fiddlehead; Descant and The Iowa Review. GOD IS A LAUGHING BEDOUIN is her first poetry collection.Author City: Vancouver, BC CAN