Back in February, I had a poem published in the "Nature and Myth" pamphlet in Corbel Stone Press's marvelous Contemporary Poetry Series, a little ditty about myrrh. And then in June, I had another poem, this time a portion of an Amanita Ode called "Toadstool," published in the "Nature and Regeneration" number. Corbel Stone, edited by Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton, publishes Reliquiae, along with Hambone, my present favorite poetry journal. Reliquiae is truly wonderful - dedicated by credo to "landscape, ecology, folklore, esoteric philosophy and animism" - and the pamphlets in the Contemporary Poetry Series are replete with sublime work.
On January 12, 2017, there's a Grand Cross Full Moon happening, with the Moon and Sun in opposition (and with Pluto very close) and Jupiter and Uranus in opposition. Lux Hominem court astrologer Victoria Martin calls this formation and the days surrounding it "highlights" of 2017. There will be a lot of energy available; what better way to expand its properties than to gaze through the archetypal telescope of a poetry reading?
On January 10, 2017, at 6 p.m., at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, one of the great bastions of Western civilization, I will be reading with Steven Toussaint, a label mate at the Cultural Society, currently of Auckland, New Zealand, but native of Chicago's South Side.
Anticipate mystic mastery of time and space.
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the University of Louisville, at "The Louisville Conference," along with Joseph Donahue and Mark Scroggins, I will be presenting a paper on the work of the great Norman Finkelstein. My talk is tentatively called, "Thaumaturgical Energies and Ceremonies of Crisis: Apocalyptic Transmission in Norman Finkelstein's 'From the Files of the Immanent Foundation.'"
Anticipate unreconstructed bad-assery, especially from Donahue and Scroggins. Who Do Not Mess Around.
And on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Xavier University, I will be reading with Brenda Iijima. I don't have any details for this one yet, but they should arrive shortly.
Pleased to report that I have new work in the fourth issue of Reliquiae, the very fine journal edited by Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton, and published by Corbel Stone Press. My poem, "Thirty-Third Amanita Ode: Parmenides/Clouds," is a meditation on Gerard Manley Hopkins's descriptions of clouds in light of his invented term of uplift, instress. For anyone who might have been keeping track, this poem concludes the series of Amanita odes that comprise Earth Is Best, my manuscript of ethno-mycological effervescence. Scroll down to find my "Mycopoetics," published last year in Hambone.
Also, a review of The Sampo in Publishers Weekly. Nice!
Its companion is another cover version, along with an alternate take, of Baudelaire's "Alchemie de la Doleur," published by Gillian Parrish in her spacecraftprojects.
Among the beauties of Baudelaire: he believed in damnation.