Cameron University's Dr. Bayard Godsave, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, will celebrate the publication of “Lesser Apocalypses,” a collection of short stories, with a reading from the volume on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. The reading will be hosted by the Leslie Powell Gallery at 620 SW D Avenue in Lawton. Following the reading, Godsave will sign copies of the collection, which will be available for purchase.
Though bleak, the stories in “Lesser Apocalypses” are enlivened and emboldened by disaster. A man emotionally undone by his time inside a missile silo, by the turn of his key; a gas mask that reflects a marriage's murkiness; a domestic bomber whose conscience ignites every fuse; a post-nuclear war refugee facing concurrent adolescence, motherhood, and middle age; and two former cosmonauts disengaged from everything but each other are all vivid against a gloomy backdrop. Underpinned by a series of prophetic vignettes, the book's blast zones are aglow—illuminating, through stark humanity, the blazing end of devastation.
"Lesser Apocalypses” was published by Queen’s Ferry Press in June and has been selected as a text for American Literature courses at the University of Central Missouri. The collection has been called “inventive, absorbing and altogether spellbinding” while the gritty, provocative stories within have been described as “relentless, engrossing storytelling.”
Godsave joined the Cameron faculty in 2009. His fiction has appeared in, among other places, the Cream City Review, Cimarron Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Confrontation, the Evansville Review, South Dakota Review and Pleiades, and is forthcoming in the Gettysburg Review.
September 10, 2012