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Aside from an excerpt published in Nathaniel Mackey's literary journal Hambone, Will Alexander's Alien Weaving has been in hibernation for almost 15 years now. It was scheduled for release by Green Integer but was ultimately never published. Will has given me permission to put this missing piece of his oeuvre (read: nearly 20 books and pamphlets, not to mention his work as an artist and musician) into print. Will's literary output evinces that the principles of automatic writing and "Surrealist" thought are far from being exhausted. One-hundred years after Breton began writing his first poems, Will has elevated the "Surrealist" schema beyond academic confines. Will does not have an MFA; he takes his poetry into the streets of Los Angeles (where we first met by chance encounter) every single day.

The publication of Alien Weaving will hopefully serve as the catalyst for my small press, Anonymous Energy. Through the press, I would like to release several titles a year from both new and established writers. Specifically, I am hoping to publish esoteric (read: hermetic, avant-garde, postmodern, etc.) work (poetry, prose, drama, translation, etc.) that has been over-looked, rejected, and/or dismissed by the mainstream in both traditional and so-called "experimental" camps. Anonymous Energy will be an independent press without being an "indie press." The aim: small run (~500), handsome editions.

About the novella: The entire book occurs within the supra-conscious mind of Kathrada, a ferocious Afro-Indian poet from the Southern Cone, as she is "consumed by the blaze of sensitivity." Each of her breaths are "an entry door into the void, into flotational summations condensed by impalpable movement." As Kathrada states immediately in the first paragraph, "I create," and thus, she sporadically weaves a proto-post-European landscape via "chronicles of poltergeists lit by indwelling omegas" and "suns containing chartreuse charges." Kathrada is "aligned with an ulterior wattage, with a green electrical thirst, prompted by an ozone which brews its verbs, with the strict circularity of haunted non-sequiturs."

About the author: Will Alexander works in multiple genres. In addition to being a poet, he is also a novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist. His influences range from poetic practitioners, such as Aimé Césaire, Bob Kaufman, Andre Breton, Antonin Artaud, and Philip Lamantia, to the encompassing paradigm of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, and the Egyptian worldview as understood by Cheikh Anta Diop and R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz. The latter is central to Alexander’s expanding inner range, which has allowed him access to levels of mind beyond the three-dimensional as boundary. He thereby explores the full dimensionality of each word. For him, each word has access to not only the median level of three-dimensional experience, but also partakes of experience on both the supra and subconscious planes. His praxis of language is not unlike the Mayan numerical world where each letter of the alphabet spontaneously engages in non-limit. Thus, all the fields of experience are open for exploration. Art, physics, botany, history, astronomy, architecture, poetics, each being a portion of the fields open for exploration. His books include Asia and HaitiThe Sri Lankan LoxodromeCompression and PuritySunrise In ArmageddonDiary As SinInside the Earthquake PalaceTowards The Primeval Lightning Field, and Mirach Speaks To His Grammatical Transparents. Alexander meditates and ambulates in The City of Angels.

YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s1onua4s6s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjZif5dFZzg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHTASuaSfe8

Risks and challenges

I do not see any risks or challenges. I have the text in my possession. I plan on designing both the internal and external aspects of the book. By working with a professional printer, any potential printing obstacles should be easily overcome. As far as distribution, there are several options out there for small presses.

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