We are very fortunate to work with wonderful authors at Skylight Press and we hope that you have had a chance to enjoy some of the titles on offer. We are thrilled to recommend some of their other work with other presses so here is a list of most recent work….
“Yet the voice of Will Alexander, who here commemorates Lamantia in his pluperfect poem The Brimstone Boat, rose hardly more than a quarter century later… In this automatistically extended poem, we are witness to the passage of energies from the older to the younger poet, as Alexander charts Lamantia’s life and writings across a Renaissance globe… It is here as well that Alexander succeeds Lamantia, who died in 2005, as America’s greatest living surrealist poet–as the new poet at the helm on the brimstone boat, on a voyage of ‘perpetual exploration.’” (Andrew Joron)
Enter a carnivalesque world where reality is phantasmagoric in vision. This is a rich, riotous world of heartbroken sinners and first-time saints. The title novella concerns the Rabelaisian exploits of one Efim Barnum Bank Zaslavsky – a Russian-Jewish carnival exhibitionist – and his anachronistic, wandering gypsy caravan in pursuit of a fabled wolf across contemporary Japan. Both peril and fortune beckon this travelling comic-tragedian sideshow riot. The other stories in this collection also favour individuals trapped within worlds both real and mythic, those struggling to identify sense amidst chaos, and competing to dispossess themselves of pains both present and forgotten against new carnivalesque terrains. These are the world’s tiny, sordid, tormented and beautiful people with their feet of clay: unsung heroes who, upon discovering the illegitimacy of their plights for love and glory, maintain their purpose – if only for the value of the joke.
In this poetry collection, Margaret Randall uses the metaphor of ruins to meditate on time’s movement–through memory, through cities, through the leavings of history, and through the bodies of people who have experienced time’s transformations and traumas. Randall’s ruins include not only Chaco Canyon, Hovenweep, Teotihuacan, Machu Picchu, Kiet Siel, Petra, and sites in ancient Greece and Egypt, but also Auschwitz-Birkenau and lives shattered by torture and oppression.
Includes the plays: Conduction in the Catacombs, Zomaya and the Myrmidons, Inside the Earthquake Palace, and Ignacio & Galba. Will Alexander’s poetic universe could be a 1 + 1000 surface (“folded-in expanse”) imbedded in a 1 + 1000 + X dimensional Historical Space-Time (the “transverse”), with Ancient-Future Language particles and ﬁelds trapped on the folded-in expanse while Non-Institutional Unrepressed Images (NIUI’s) are free to access the transverse.
Underground literary legend, Hugh Fox, offers a candid view of Life, his own life, and the interactions of the lives of others who floated in and out of his personal experiential sphere of the universe in his brief yet concise memoir, Who, Me? Fox invites the reader into a life so full—from his mother dressing him up in women’s clothing to his father coercing him into medical school; his search for belonging in the “families” of academia, publishing, beatniks and hipsters, Latin America, transsexuals, Judaism, and his own progeny; and the seemingly-glamorous whirlwind world of the arts and culture—that it leaves little else to be desired. Originally from Chicago, Fox studied culture intensely and travelled widely becoming thoroughly Latinized by early adulthood. Much of Fox’s life was shaped by his international interests—from his publishing and academic careers to his personal tastes and selection in women—which factored largely into his career successes and personal adventures. Never one to be content with the average or mundane, Fox keeps the pace moving with one exciting revelation or humorously self-interested remark after another. The picture of self-awareness—and –actualization?—Fox’s question of Who, Me? has not so much to do with the author/poet/scholar he’s become as it does with how he evolved into this multifaceted character of his own creation.
The myths and legends of King Arthur and his knights, of the enchanter Merlin, and of their quests and adventures, form one of the greatest cycles of stories ever composed. In this book the most important tales are explored in depth by one of the word’s best known authorities on this subject. Also included are a series of meditational exercises to help the reader find his or her way to the heart of the Arthurian mysteries.
Sex and psychosis are indistinguishable in this killer new novel from Ducornet (The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition). An unnamed psychoanalyst narrator has a habit of having sex with his patients. At the risk of losing his practice, he descends into a co-dependent affair with a self-destructive woman he calls the Cutter, and later becomes obsessed by the torrid sex he has with a cross-dressing patient who suffers from split personalities. Affluent, psychotically self-absorbed, and as emotionally damaged as his patients, the doctor is just shy of a monster and lives in a twisted, sultry world that Ducornet poetically and viscerally describes, down to the effect of excessive sex on the texture of his skin. After he drops a series of clues to his affairs, the question becomes what will happen when his neglected and suspicious wife finds out.
Concerns about power, its use and abuse, have been at the centre of Margaret Randall’s work for more than fifty years. And over time Randall has acquired a power all her own, as her unique ability to observe, consider, and distil experience has drawn readers into new experiences and insights. Tempered by time and reflecting a life fully lived and richly examined, her thoughts on race, gender, poetry, landscape, cellular memory, and personal loss speak with eloquence and urgency.
Detective Gugel has spent years in the South American jungle and is an initiated shaman. He is especially devoted to peyote. Peyote, which along with his shamanistic-yogic training, gives him certain “powers.” He sees the everyday world as merely the foyer that leads into a gigantic spiritual arena where “real” reality exists. A woman has been napalmed to death in her driveway in Grimore Park, a wealthy suburb north of Chicago and Gugel is called in on the case. The case takes Gugel to East Lansing, Michigan, where he begins his investigation and ultimately learns the murdered woman was a diabolical monster with evil plans for all who crossed her path.
“I love Richard Froude’s declarative, incandescently plain sentences, which at first seem like high-stakes non sequiturs, then a study in perfect, surprising aphorism, then a deftly woven web of profundity. The formal distillation and intellectual range of this book are impressive enough; even more so is Froude’s gentle but insistent touching on questions of God, mortality, war, memory, family, intimacy, and history. Froude sets up poetic shop in the fraught space between ‘terror and fertility,’ and wrests from it this exceptionally beautiful, intelligent book”—Maggie Nelson.
The Google Tantra is a rude and uproarious account of one man’s efforts to awaken the dreaded powers of the kundalini and remain reasonably sane. Written in a fast-flowing and compelling style. from his own typically unexpected perspective. Alan Richardson has created a new genre of black comic New Age Humour. Here is everything you need to know about raising the kundalini from the safety of your laptop, and igniting the Serpent Fires of love and wisdom. Light-hearted, analytic but hopeful. it shows us that spirituality – real spirituality doesn’t have to be po-faced and pompous.
Potent medieval faery lore and hidden goddess traditions for the 21st century. Gareth Knight explores and reveals the hidden Mystery of the Faery Melusine, a major figure in medieval French lore and legend. Through vivid interpretation of original source texts, Gareth Knight shows that the Melusine story is a powerful initiatory legend emerging from the deeply transformative Faery Tradition of ancient Europe. Furthermore he demonstrates how such legends manifest as history: the innate sacromagical power of Melusine affected key places and events in the development of the medieval world and from there reached far into the shaping of the modern world through the conflicts for Jerusalem and the Middle East.
This vivid retelling brings together the best-known stories about Arthur and his court, exploring the relationships between the main characters in the legends. Magnificent illustrations by Pavel Tatarnikov add to the atmosphere of Arthurian England. “I was transfixed by the subtleties of the art. Utterly. As I read the text I began to read aloud – my sixteen year old son stopped what he was doing and listened intently. The phrasing and paragraph structure is so fine and respectful of the tale and the listener – a wonderful read aloud for all ages! This is a cross-curricular gem – history, art, folklore, geography and social traditions. (Nan Hoekstra)
The Giftie is based upon a very real historical character: the Reverend Robert Kirk, the Gaelic scholar of Aberfoyle who, it was widely believed among the locals, disappeared bodily into the Otherworld in 1691, and whose voice has been heard many times since, as he tries to get back again. The Giftie is a multi-level tale about how Marcy Macleod, a troubled woman living in that quintessential English town of Bath, accidentally summons stirs and calls him up into the latter part of the 20th Century. In her eyes at least he is a magnificent creature, able to transform the way she looks, and even the way the world looks, when he touches her. He shows her that, far from being a broken, middle-aged, mentally-ill woman, she is in fact The Giftie, a ravishing creature of enchantment who, three centuries earlier, had caused him to lose himself in the Otherworld in the first place. He takes away her madness. He even takes away her cellulite. No longer is she perpetual Outsider. Together they explore the bleak city that Marcy has come to know and loathe. Under the power of his peculiar vision, they see the 20th Century streets of Bath as they would have been in Kirk s own time. His unique combativeness involves them both in many fights, and old scores are settled. She adores his fighting ability. His love-making. His humour. His hatred of the English. Under his love, she remembers her own innate powers and is able to show him the Gate Between, which then takes them back to the 17th Century.
77 Beasts is a unique testament by a brilliant visual artist to his relationships — sometimes personal, sometimes intellectual, always artistic, most of the time all three — with our greatest artists whose works he has contemplated and communed with as both draughtsman and painter, and for the last number of years as writer and poet. King’s monumental book is a work that is both art criticism and autobiography, together synthesized into graceful, piercing and gorgeously ephemeral meditations on how art and life are one. King has been known to be a poetic artist. In this book he is a marvellously artistic poet.
Dropping Ecstasy With The Angels’ is Dee Sunshine’s second collection of poetry. It follows on from where ‘The Bad Seed’ left off: that is, moving (haltingly) towards the light. Of course, anyone familiar with Dee’s earlier work will know fine that this light can burn as well as illuminate. There’s no namby-pamby new age platitudes in here. Dee’s poetry is as razor sharp and keen as it always was, but now it is tempered with a certain maturity, and he is even occasionally prone to the odd outburst of startling lyrical beauty. Of course, Dee’s poetry is still peopled by drifters, dreamers, losers, lunatics, the unemployed, the homeless, junkies, jakies and punks, but these days he casts a much more tender, loving eye on them.
Polarity magic is at the heart of the Western Mystery Tradition, though few are aware of its theory and practice. Even so, it constitutes the core of all mythology and mystery teachings. It recognizes that the most powerful creative force is found in the fundamental energies exchanged between a man and a woman. It exalts, rather than negates, human sexuality in spiritual and magical endeavour. This book explores the hidden traditions of the Western mysteries, focusing on the divine feminine and the sexual dynamics of magic. It shows why the feminine principle must be restored to magic, and offers practical magical examples of how this may be done. Sympathetic reconstructions of priest and priestess rituals are offered, which feature ancient historical and mythological couples such as Isis and Osiris, Taliesen and Ceridwen, Arthur and Gwenevere, Merlin and Gwendydd, and Akhenaten and Nefertiti. The magical implications of the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Christ are also addressed.