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Constructed as a year-long exploration with a new focus for each month and season, Writing as a Path to Awakening includes:
• How to approach writing and reading with a greater level of presence and immersion
• Engaging curiosity, playfulness, and spontaneity to keep your regular practice fresh
• Meditating with poetry to deeply embody the power of language
• How you can spark your imagination by connecting to the groundless source of creation
• The meditative approach to storytelling―how not being trapped in your story liberates your capacity to create
• Editing, rewriting, and the path of spiritual transformation
After six years of sobriety, poet DeSilver admits he was "still one sip of beer away from hell." After 10 years of sobriety, he writes that he wanted to kill the "drunk, stupid and confused" boy he had been at age 19. The emotional force of DeSilver's memoir lies in the author's ability to record raw and painful memories of addiction, while also reflecting on turning points that lead him to form a new identity. Skirting a fine line between acceptance and blame, he describes the eccentric characters implicated in his downward spiral, as well as the heroes who helped save him. DeSilver's seesawing journey from drug and alcohol addiction to recovery—all filled with epiphanies and backsliding, clarity and bewilderment—will keep readers committed to his story until, at last, he learns to "beam" without self-destructing and finds peace and stability in a loving relationship and meditation.
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"Letters to Early Street is a beautiful collection, lyrical and inventive, in which shapes are to be seen "noodling along a rather lengthy road of torque and vapor." The world is astonishingly present yet there are "multiple enigmas," those mysteries and vacancies where beauty clings, as it must, to its cave. Creating a "community nerve garden," the poetry of Albert Flynn DeSilver is of a high order of attention, like sitting at the rear window of a moving train."
"WALKING TOOTH & CLOUD, the collection of prose poems from California poet Albert Flynn DeSilver, reaches "into your skull and reshape[s] and reshape[s] your brain like wax after lighting its wick" — Ian Ayres
"The pronoun I in its word-tissue forest...'a book of elastic steel, an opposable piano.' Meet tea leaf man, iced-over man, and others, as the inside-outside window collapses. 'I am wind in the paper.' Beautiful. 'I alone as mirror to the world''' — Alice Notley
This book includes a gorgeous suite of drawings by San Francisco artist Will Yackulic with poems by some of America's finest established and emerging poets: John Ashbery, Anne Waldman, Ron Padgett, Eileen Myles, Clark Coolidge, Joanne Kyger, Alice Notley, Lisa Jarnot, Brandon Downing, Anselm Berrigan, Jordan Davis, Brenda Coultas and many more.