Charles Upton is a poet and a writer on "metaphysics and social criticism." A protégé of Beat Generation poet Lew Welch and veteran of the counterculture and the peace movement, he has lived most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. His books are: Panic Grass (City Lights, 1968), Time Raid (Four Seasons Foundation, 1968), and Doorkeeper of the Heart: Versions of Rabi'a (Threshold Books, 1988), all poetry; Hammering Hot Iron: A Spiritual Critique of Bly's Iron John (Quest Books, 1993), and The System of Antichrist: Truth and Falsehood in Postmodernism and the New Age (Sophia Perennis, 2001), which is currently available through www.seriousseekers.com His second epic poem, The Wars of Love, (a sequel, in a way, to Panic Grass) will be coming out through Corona Mundi some time this year. For the past fourteen years he has been a Muslim and a dervish of the Nimatullahi Order under Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh. He lives with his wife Jennifer Doane Upton, also a writer and poet, in San Rafael, California.