Janaka Stucky - ASCEND ASCEND

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

Janaka Stucky will be joined by poet Grace Wagner for an evening of poetry and performance. 

ASCEND ASCEND 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. It is rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot literature, which chronicles an ascent up the Kabbalistic Tree of Life to witness the Merkabah, or “chariot of God.” While traditional Hekhalot prose trends dry—focused on preparations for the journey while demurring to describe the experience itself—ASCEND ASCEND uses poetry to touch the ineffable. Equal parts Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” this long poem documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine. The book includes a foreword by Pam Grossman, host of The Witch Wave podcast and author of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power.

Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and founding editor of the award-winning press, Black Ocean. In 2015 Jack White’s Third Man Records launched a new publishing imprint, Third Man Books, and chose Janaka’s full-length poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect, as their inaugural title. Other books include Your Name Is The Only Freedom, The World Will Deny It For You, and his latest book, Ascend Ascend (Third Man Books, 2019). He has performed in over 60 cities around the world. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Fence and North American Review, and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. He is also a two-time National Haiku Champion. More at janakastucky.com.

Grace Wagner is an MFA candidate at the University of Houston. She worked as Assistant Poetry Editor for Copper Nickel and now holds the same position at Gulf Coast. She has attended the New York Summer Writers Institute where she studied with Carolyn Forché, Campbell McGrath, and Robert Pinsky. Her work can be found in Salmagundi Magazine and the Atlanta Review. 

Ascend Ascend Cover Image
By Janaka Stucky, Pam Grossman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780997457834
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Third Man Books - April 30th, 2019