Misguided is a unique first-hand account of a life spent in the Children of God, a/k/a The Family, a millenarian doomsday sex cult under the sway of a charismatic leader, David Berg. Perry Bulwer takes the reader on an extraordinary trip through the world of biblical literalism, fundamentalist endtime fantasies, paranormal spirituality, evangelical extremism, ritual abuse, and liberally interpreted biblical teachings that were used to justify licentious sexual doctrines, evangelical prostitution, and child sexual abuse.
PERRY BULWER graduated from the University of British Columbia with a law degree in 2002, after two decades in the Children of God, a doomsday sex cult. After a 2004 diagnosis of PTSD and fibromyalgia, Bulwer retired from the practice of law (though he remains registered with the Law Society of BC). Back home in Port Alberni, Perry Bulwer advocates for second-generation cult survivors, continuing to shed light on the Children of God, a/k/a The Family.
Wielding a rich and suggestive vocabulary largely drawn from Elizabethan literary texts, but working within a tradition that includes Rimbaud and Mallarme, Tom Prime’s Male Pregnancy in Reverse revels in a lexigraphic bubblebath that combines visual poetry, typographic moves, fragments of a play, a cast of characters that include Brayne-worme, Volpone, Baby and Mother, and uneasy-laughter-inducing silliness.
TOM PRIME is a PhD candidate at Western University (specializing in 17th century female prophesy). His solo debut collection of poetry Mouthfuls of Space (Anvil, 2021) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial prize. He has published 2 collaboratively written collections of poetry with Gary Barwin (Bird Arsonist with New Star Books 2022 and A Cemetery for Holes with Gordon Hill Press, 2019).