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There will be a special edition of this book available Summer 2019
Equal parts Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” Ascend Ascend documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine. The long poem was written over the course of twenty days, coming in and out of trance states brought on by intermittent fasting and somatic rituals while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church. If you experienced Stucky's first book, The Truth is We are Perfect, for Third Man Books, then Ascend Ascend is a must read.
Praise for Ascend Ascend:
“Janaka Stucky is extraordinary, and his work riveting.”
—Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin
“A dreamlike power”
“A genuine return to a poetry of extasis, both in experience & in language. Breathtaking and wonderful, I’m truly delighted to add Ascend Ascend to my repertory of contemporary works.”
—Jerome Rothenberg, editor of Technicians of the Sacred
“He pulls from Eastern religious texts, mysticism, and the occult, and casts dirty, hallucinatory images onto graceful lines.”
“Ascend Ascend is a passionate trance poem of praise, incantation and divination. It scries into the future with aspiration, resonant with the Kabbalistic tradition of ascension to Merkabah, the chariot of god. Who is this god? It is genderless presence, a kinetic force, a future perhaps, redolent with mystic speed and entheogen magic. The language flies out, wildly evocative, untethered. One is grateful, in these imperiled times, for such forceful ritual and invocation: Every word along the way / Lit like a flame upon / The wick of its origin.”
—Anne Waldman, author of Trickster Feminism