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2019 Texts & Traditions Colloquium: Presentation (Seattle, WA)

  • Mortlake & Company 117 Prefontaine Place South Seattle, WA, 98104 United States (map)


A weekend of esoteric presentations and book fair. Continuing a tradition begun in 2009 the colloquium is host to authors, publishers, artists, and booksellers participating in the unique field of esoteric thought and practice.

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Janaka Stucky - The Poetics of Mystical Experience

Published in 2019, 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 19th century church. The book-length poem 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.” Through this work and other related texts we will discuss how literature functions as a valid vessel for mystical experience, as well as how the mechanics of mystical literature can lead beyond semantic values to induce a suspension of consciousness—in turn offering an induction into the same transformational conditions that they document.