Soul Make A Path Through Shouting is Cyrus Cassell’s second book. His first, The Mud Actor, was selected for the National Poetry Series by Al Young in 1982. Enriched both mythologically and experientially by his world travels, Cassells makes the vital journey of his poetry inward, a search for spiritual grace drawing from Greek mythology, children’s rhymes, and African-American oral traditions. The result is an often hypnotic and rhapsodic interweaving of dramatic narratives forming a single whole.
“Cassells’s writing strikes a balance between exquisite language and an empathy for anyone who is forced to suffer… Like Pasternak, Cassells excels at merging a sleeping landscape with a moment of crisis.” —Publishers Weekly
“The most spectacular book I’ve seen in years.” —Rita Dove
“The language [in Soul Make a Path Through Shouting] is indeed exquisite, but is infused with a spirituality and compassion that lifts it far beyond the realm of aesthetic niceties.” —Martín Espada
“…A spectacular black and gay perspective on human tragedy.” —Feminist Bookstore News
“Unflinching in its examinations of the Holocaust and AIDS, remarkable in its challenge to preconceived notions of triumph and survival, this book is a virtuoso performance.” —Lambda Book Report
“Poet Cyrus Cassells’s verse is often deceptively delicious.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch