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  • By Raymond Keen
    Mar 31, 2013
    “Intunesia” contains 97 prose poems of non-stop free association. In the case of a patient in psychoanalysis, free association gives the psychoanalyst access to the unconscious. But what is happening here, with John Pursch’s dazzling explosion of free-associations in every poem, is a heightened awareness of language itself, in all its arbitrariness. We get to experience our own words thrown right back at us in delightfully random order. The words in these poems are sometimes pure English, in a word-order that could be called completely accidental. Some poems seem to be a mixture of linguistic origins -- Latin, German, Irish Gaelic, and Eastern European, to name a few. These language creations, in their obvious incomprehensibility, demonstrate this profound truth: Language is never the thing itself. Language is never the truth. It can only point to the truth, which is always beyond language. More to the point, language can be "the great obfuscator" of the truth. That being... More > said, these poems are lots of fun, written by someone with a fine sense of humor and a very good perspective on just how impossible it is to TELL the truth. When we speak or write, we communicate within the parameters of human expectations: What we need from the other person or persons with whom we are communicating is expressed. The expectations of the other are foremost on the “mind” of the communicator. This is the ego-limiting aspect of human communication. Verbal communication is our way of saying what we want and getting what we want. So it is “Ego” rather than “Truth” that drives and restricts almost all human verbal communication. We are blinded by the ego-aspects of language, which trumps “truth” for “satisfaction of our needs and ego-comfort.” In these prose poems, John Pursch subverts the relationship of ego-need and verbal communication designed to conform and cater to the other. So pay attention, and listen, and you may experience (through the arbitrary beauty of his language) the bliss of being beyond and free of language.< Less
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white sky books, experimental poetry, John Pursch, experimental literature
May 13, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.4 lbs.
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4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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