Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Peter Lamborn Wilson
Peter Lamborn Wilson
During the seventies writer/poet/essayist Peter Lamborn Wilson traveled extensively in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. He spent several years in Iran where he translated Persian Sufi poetry and worked for the Shiraz Festival of Arts. In the early eighties Wilson went to Southeast Asia studying Javanese mysticism, Kebatinan. He published numerous books on topics as pirate utopia’s, Irish soma and Islamic heresy and his philosophy is influenced by anarchism, situationism, heterodox Sufism and neo-paganism.
Wilson’s ‘Ec(o)logues’ is a collection of bucolic poetry proposing an anarcho-surrealist Temporary Pastoral Zone abolishing monetary, electrical and other mediations in favor of a direct experiencing of Paracelsan tantra practices with sylphs and faeries. Visions of vibrant Neolithic pastures in company of Charles Fourier, William Blake, Edmund Spencer, Swedenborg, Erasmus Darwin and others. Poetic swamps dense with arcane references, alchemy and celtic lore. These readings were recorded at various in- and outdoor locations around the Hudson Valley. Handpainted covers, each one different. 100 copies.
Another fantastic instalment in Sloow Tapes’ on-going documentation of off-the-map counter cultural poetry, this time from Peter Lamborn Wilson, an itinerant essayist/poet/writer who travelled extensively in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal in the 1970s, translating Sufi poetry in Iran and studying Javanese mysticism while publishing on subjects as diverse as Irish soma, Islamic heresy and pirate utopias: Wilson’s aesthetic is described as being influenced by the situationists, anarchism, heterodox Sufism and neo-paganism and here he presents a series of recitations with a heady Ginsberg rhythm and feel, all recorded out of doors in various locations across the Hudson Valley. Wilson conjures the revenant forms of William Blake, Swedenborg, John Clare and Charles Fourier with an inspired Bardic aspect while “proposing an anarcho-surrealist Temporary Pastoral Zone abolishing monetary, electrical and other mediations in favor of a direct experiencing of Paracelsan tantra practices with sylphs and faeries.” Sloow Tapes’ under the radar poetry series has been one of the great cassette highlights of the past 12 months and this is another striking instalment rendered with individually hand-painted sleeves in a run of 100 copies. In years to come these cassettes will be super-desirable. Recommended! (Volcanic Tongue)