The Canaanite Woman


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Resource Publications (CA)
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.22 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Benjamin Bagocius writes and teaches broadly across literature, spirituality, and queer thought and experience. His writing has appeared in On Being, The Other Journal, Modernism/modernity, Studies in the Novel, and elsewhere. An associate professor of the humanities with the Bard Early College Sequence Program in Washington, DC, Bagocius holds a PhD in English from Indiana University, an MFA in creative writing from The New School, and a BA in English from Kenyon College. Bagocius is also founding director of the Institute for Spiritual Poetry, which hosts writing workshops, a journal, and other events. Learn more and reach out at and


"These poems are contemporary masterpieces, born from an ancient Bible story to widen today's vital discussions around disability and marginalization. Bagocius holds the modern Canaanite mother Justa in high esteem and captures bits of visionary wisdom from her child Bernice between moments of havoc. The final poem, when Justa wonders how it would have been if Jesus had been a mother, is heart- and mind-opening in its brilliance. An important book to savor and share."

--Donna Baier Stein, founder & publisher, Tiferet Journal

"The Canaanite Woman is like nothing else you've ever read. In a richly woven narrative of linked poems in varied voices, Bagocius conjures vivid characters whose lives are shaped by fierce love and loyalty in the face of pain and the oppression of disabled bodies. Traversing the ancient biblical world and our own, this book is an act of radical imagination, a theopoetics of mystery and liberation, a welcome gift that heals."

--Alexander Levering Kern, founding editor of Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts, Northeastern University