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The Sacred-Profane Self in Late Capitalism: A Reading with Janaka Stucky and Sarah Galvin

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The Sacred-Profane Self in Late Capitalism: A Reading with Janaka Stucky and Sarah Galvin

Join us on Tuesday, April 23, for a raucous reading of poems that mix the sacred and the profane, the hyperreal with the ecstatic.

Janaka Stucky, the founding editor of indie publisher Black Ocean Press, wrote his latest book 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 100-year-old church. The resulting collection of poems, Ascend Ascend, “document[s] the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine.”

In Sarah Galvin’s latest poetry collection, Ugly Time, the beloved Seattle poet explores “a state of permanent impermanence” with her signature hilarity and hyperreality that critic Rich Smith has called “Refreshing, liberating and totally freakin’ weird, [delivering] delightful shocks to the sensorium, big belly laughs and compassionate perspectives on human desire.”