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Thursday, June 13 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Janaka Stucky Presents Ascend Ascend

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Harvard Book Store welcomes mystic poet, performer, and publisher JANAKA STUCKY for a performance of his new book, Ascend Ascend.
About the Performance
Poets, witches, booksellers, and rock stars alike all have one thing in common—today, at least—and that is their passion for the work of poet Janaka Stucky. Written over the course of twenty days coming in and out of trance states while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, Janaka’s new book Ascend Ascend is rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot literature, which chronicles an ascent up the Kabbalistic Tree of Life to witness the “chariot of God.” 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.
For this very special hometown book launch, Janaka will be presenting his new work in its entirety as an immersive, multidisciplinary performance involving live music to create a visceral interpretation of ritual that invokes mythography across cultural and corporeal boundaries.


Janaka Stucky

Janaka Stucky is the author of The Truth Is We Are Perfect, the publisher over at Black Ocean Press, and oversees the annual poetry journal, Handsome. He is also the author of two chapbooks: Your Name Is The Only Freedom and The World Will Deny It For You. His poems have appeared... Read More →

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