Saturday, December 1, 2007

Maria Damon & mIEKAL aND: eros/ion

"Eros/ion is a self-eroding, unstable cenotaph – an event or performance rather than an object or monument – as love disappears and reappears, oscillating between shimmers of presence and absence, and transforming over the course of that oscillation. Love lost by natural processes of decay, erosion, and circumstance, as well as by unnatural processes of violence and betrayal, in the past and present, in the imagination and in the everyday world of lived relationship, is re-activated as aesthetic-ecstatic exorcism. Immersion in a bed of intertexts and elemental cognates allows the emergence and working-through of delicate feelings long unexpressed. Each collaborator tells his or her story sparked by the other's phrases, creating an interweave of narrative and overlap of emotions, distinct but generatively eco-symbiotic. The collaborative process through which the text is produced mimics erosive eros, but in a sublimated haven of words-as-coils, connective tissue, articulated flesh, divided paths, collided intentions, dynamic misunderstandings and creative camaraderie. - This proximation is a lifeline we walk from the woods to the kitchen, from the garden to the studio, singly and in pairs. We hope it offers solace as well to those remembered and memorialized in the text who are now beyond our earthly reach." - The Authors

Maria Damon teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Dark End of the Street: Margins in American Vanguard Poetry (1993), co-author (with mIEKAL aND) of Literature Nation, pleasureTEXTpossesssion, and E.n.t.r.a.n.c.e.d, and co-editor (with Ira Livingston) of the forthcoming Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader.

mIEKAL aND is a longtime DIY cultural anarchist & the creator of an infoplex worth of visual-verbal lit, audio-art, performance ritual & hypermedia distributed by Xexoxial Editions. His hypermedia works reside at JOGLARS Crossmedia Broadcast. Since 1991, he has made his home at Dreamtime Village.

eros/ion: 4.25" x 6.88", 97 pages, ISBN 978-952-215-024-0, Photography by CamillE Bacos, price € 13,31 plus mailing costs.