Somapoetics [1973-]

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Eros also has its Intellect. I would speak to that in Quasha’s Somapoetics. There is a pleasure in it that is thinkable. The arguments of lust have too often confuted growths of logical structure. Here they con/foutre each other, twine around, somewhat spin. Of the several longer structures being sung these days, Quasha’s seems among the clearest, most vexed, funny, even in a way duplicit (but then song of its nature tends to enthymeme)—it revises itself, it hides dappled among its many sources, it darts. But I think of the ogives of its aspiration, sharp slits in the apparent substance of fact & theory through which Quasha displays, often enough to my taste, exciting & logically voluptuous enactments. Depth & depthesses. Our sense is grateful for the heat. Like all hot books, Somapoetics writhes in friction. I poise my native Fire here, though Q’s interlocutors are nymphs of an opposite Element who teach the subtler frictions, musculature of water. To my sense of it, this present time is focused on the new possibility, perennial, Osiris restored from his long dismemberment: the long poem, long song, long count, possible among us. Of all the long processes now going forward, I feel Somapoetics of the most interesting. It touches me close.

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Robert Kelly

Annandale 1973

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There are poets who raise the problem of consciousness. They remind us that we are ordinarily asleep to the great spiritual adventures of our age. Challenging our habits, they renew the world for us. George Quasha’s Somapoetics, both by its intellectual range and its visionary appetite, partakes of that noble revolutionary lineage.

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Charles Simic

New York 1973

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BOOK ONE

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somapoetics

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CONTENTS

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somalogue*

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first series*~~~~Mohave

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somapoetics 1-10

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second series~~ Symsonia

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somapoetics 15-28

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third series ~~~Old Field

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somapoetics 29-36

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fourth series ~~Down South

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somapoetics 37-44

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fifth series ~~~~Eastward

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somapoetics 45-58

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midway

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The Metazodiac

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somapoetics 11

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The Joyous Science

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somapoetics 12

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The Somatachism

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somapoetics 13

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The Slipknot

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somapoetics 14

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glossary

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a note on counting and knowing what counts

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BOOK TWO

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ADVENTURES OF THE IMPERSONA

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CONTENTS

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sixth series

[in preparation]

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somapoetics 59

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somapoetics 60

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somapoetics 61

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somapoetics 62

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somapoetics 63

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BOOK THREE

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WORD-YUM

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CONTENTS

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seventh series*~~

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soma quiz

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word-yum somalogue

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Back Home

somapoetics 64

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Vajrapoetic Noaxis

somapoetics 65

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Semsation

somapoetics 66


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somapoetics 67

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The Somatachism

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BOOK FOUR

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Hands in the Land and a Daimon by the Throat

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CONTENTS

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eighth series
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Lecture on Ripples

somapoetics 74


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BOOK FIVE

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TRAVELING IN THE CASTLE

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CONTENTS

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[IN PREPARATION]

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ninth series

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BOOK SIX

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somapoetics 99

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Giving the Lily Back Her Hands*

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BOOK SEVEN

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somapoetics 100

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preverbs*

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ABOUT SOMAPOETICS

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“ETHNOPOETICS: SOMAPOETICS

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Notes from the Underground by David Rose

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ETHNOPOETICS–SOMAPOETICS-Rose


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