My first full length collection of poetry is now available.
The Desire Line is a textual and photographic meditation on memory and impermanence.
Sven Davisson’s poetry is a bracingly unique combination of Buddhism, eroticism, urbanity, mythology, and modernity. Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, and Frank O’Hara all seem to speak again through him. –Jeff Mann, author of Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology
We now live in an unprecedented world of images. The gilt icon of ages past, the altar triptych with its eternal dramatis personae, was a singular awe-inducing experience. Modernity as encapsulated in the endless reproducibility of images and words has given rise to a new magical landscape, personal and pagan in its fetishism. Susan Sontag writes in On Photography, “All photographs are memento mori“. They capture an instance in time that will never occur again. Living or dead, the faces that look back at us from family snapshots are no more. Time has moved on, that fractional moment is past. Every photograph is an evidentiary exhibit of impermanence, itself impermanent as light slowly fades that which light and chemistry created.
Is a photograph the past, the now, or something yet to be? What are these catalogs of images and words? reference points in a personal cosmology? a rotating exhibition of impermanence in a mental museum?
of muddy water
after it sits
For Brandon Lacy Campos
Watching Naked Poetry Series on YouTube
the retroactively ironic title, “I Live”
set against the previous in the playlist
unripe plums, metaphysics,
and Whalen’s meditation
on William Carlos Williams
Looking up from the digital
to the IRL window
the derelict blue house
its gutters hanging down
the tree scorched by fire
the vacant lot diagonal
where the house so recently burned
under renovation reclaiming the poetry
of a previous century’s architecture
gone in minutes of heat and electric fireworks
the lot now a graded smooth expanse
where once a firm frame structure stood
for a century or more
The Zendo near our house in Maine
the sound of the han echoes off trees and hill
and large rock where Gato-Roshi’s ashes lie.
The songs of birds chattering and trilling to each other
the mournful coo-ah coo of a pair of doves
and the cutting craw of a crow
the lone doe siding her way silently
through the remnants of harvest
the resonant tonal croak of a bull frog in the pond
the strike of an early rising carpenter’s hammer.
Here, the morning framed
by the warning of heavy equipment backing up
the rhythm of a train behind the house
broken by the sharp sound of poorly lubricated iron
wheels’ screech on rail as it makes the turn
edging by the decommissioned naval station
the backhoe digging through gravel and river silt
repairing the gas lines beneath the street
the occasional siren from the substation
at the end of the next block
workers’ voices raised over the noise of machines
five horns of a tug in the canal
and the answering clanging bell
as the drawbridge goes up
a car with bad muffler and loose belt waiting.
Behind the sound of rock on steal,
the sounds of two birds singing
a dog barks
a feral rooster crows WAKE UP
New Orleans 10.6.15
A teaser from my novel in progress…
His name was Setn’iak, but everyone called him Angel.
The first time, he was wearing a black t-shirt, a fleur-de-lys disappearing at the edge of its left side, jeans worn a gentle variegated blue, and a white belt covered in a collage of skulls. Spiked hair, a goatee snaking the perimeter of his chin stained red by the moving lights.
At first a slight movement in my peripheral vision, I turned to look across the dance floor. Surrounded in a blazing coat of light. Outlined by the strobes, the tips of his hair a blond glory.
Fuck. I was made in that split-second. My breath stopped in a painful catching and Joe’s story disappeared instantly.
Moments passed and I started breathing.
“Cade…?” Joe touched my arm. “Are you ok?” he asked as my eyes re-focused on him.
The magical essays contained in this collection were written over a twenty year period. They center around the image of spiritual entity Set, from early Egypt through the Gnostic to the medieval Seth. Building on Llee Heflin’s groundbreaking magical experiments, the title essay brings the QBLH into the New Aeon. Each is a glimpse into the magical explorations of The Brotherhood Of Seth.
Rebel Satori has announced their 2014 list of forthcoming titles. This selection includes a collection of magickal essays The Star Set Matrix & Other Magickal Essays. This collection brings together pieces that I have penned over the years—many unpublished until now. The collection includes the title piece a practical extrapolation of Llee Heflin’s “Diamonds of CHAOS”. Also included on some musings on Egyptian and Gnostic Set/Seth that appeared in the zine mektoub.
Also on the list are new titles by Craig Gidney, Wayne Gregory, Kyler James and (yes, finally) the much anticipated reissue of Kevin Killian’s Shy. Also in the mix is a long-term project No Sh•t! Liberation in the hands of generation why by Swami Prem Arun.
The Steve Berman edited anthology of lgbt takes on Stoker’s Dracula is now available in print and kindle editions.
One of the more admired characters in Western literature happens to be a murderer, a villain, a fiend: Count Dracula. Irish author Bram Stoker’s classic novel stands high in the canon of speculative fiction, influencing countless twentieth- and twenty-first-century storytellers in a variety of mediums. It is only natural for the outsiders of society to reinterpret the world’s most infamous vampire through the lenses of their own experience. Who is more outside of society than Dracula? Perhaps the writers of queer-themed speculative fiction and their characters….
In Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula, editor Steve Berman provides a worthy companion to Lethe Press’s widely acclaimed earlier anthologies of queered canon, A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes and Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe. Here you will find dark tales (and a poem) of Dracula himself, his minions willing and not, his implacable enemies, and their heirs. Prepare to be guided into the deep recesses of the queer imagination by an impressive array of award winners, veterans, and bright new lights.
Thirteen stories and a poem by: Jason Andrew / Laird Barron / Steve Berman / Seth Cadin / Traci Castleberry / Elka Cloke / William P. Coleman / Sven Davisson / Rajan Khanna / Livia Llewellyn / Ed Madden / Jeff Mann / Damon Shaw / Lee Thomas
My story “A Closer Walk With Thee” will be included in the anthology Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula edited by Steve Berman and published by Lethe Press.
Here’s the full table of contents at SF Signal
I’ve been asked quite a bit recently as to what is happening with the press. Rebel released 7 titles in 2012, but we have had an admittedly quiet winter. Now we’re gearing up to kick off 2013 with announcing 10 upcoming releases! I’m exciting about all of them—focusing on quality, not quantity and maintaining the joy of publishing and working with authors I love and count as dear friends.
Conjure: A book of spells, Peter Dubé
Evoking hidden worlds, summoning visions and making magic happen, Conjure: a Book of Spells is filled with vivid image and tantalizing narrative fragments that stir the heart, mind and eye. Echoing the tone and structure of Medieval and Renaissance grimoires, Dubé’s unique collection joins surrealist automatism with rigorous formal discipline and offers readers a profound and complex work. Street date July 23.
Orpheus has vowed never to touch a woman, play music or sing again if he can’t be with his wife. Since he cannot cross the river Styx, he has spent millennia wandering. Others are watching him, though, and waiting to balance the natural order of things. Can a boy who was almost sold into a life of sexual slavery teach this immortal to love again before it’s too late? The sequel to the underground hit Stealing Ganymede.
Recent runaway Marley Kurtz (Maladaptation) is back home in Florida after a long road trip. He and his boyfriend Jesse get jobs, move into a loft above a mechanic’s garage, and start living the good life. They don’t stay free for long however; Marley is eventually pressured into reuniting with the family that sent him away. Far from being disowned, Marley soon finds himself pulled in too many directions at once.
Along with his sister, Lindsay, and his boss’s new foster son, Tristan, Marley must figure out what kind of family he’ll choose to call his own. Will it be the parents who raised and abandoned him, or the friends and adults in his life who have proven they really care? It should be an easy decision, but letting go is never easy.
Told through the eyes of a nameless teenage boy, A Certain Kind of Light sees the narrator attempt to find some kind cohesion in a life from which he feels increasingly disconnected. As his family, friendships, sexuality and even his taste in music and pornography begin to feel distant from him, his alienation expands. The things that once meant everything to him are stripped of an essence he begins to doubt they ever had. He fixates on a profile of a boy that he finds on the Internet, projecting illusory ideas upon a person that he has never met but feels a profound intimacy with. Feeling more and more lost, he attempts to work out the connection between a disparate set of coincidences, objects and events: a dead, mangled bird, the funeral of his best friend’s father, a horrific experience with LSD, obsessive sexual fantasies and the disintegrating suburban life in which he was raised. Intensely emotionally and disorientating, A Certain Kind of Light focuses on the intricacies of confusion. On Dennis Cooper’s “most eagerly anticipated books of 2013” list.
Also releasing later this year:
Nefarious, Emanuel Xavier
Weekend before last found Nate and I in the French Quarter enjoying the Tenth Anniversary Saints & Sinners/NOLA Literary Festival. It was great to see so many old (read cherished not aged) friends and colleagues! And making some new acquaintances (Justin Torres We the Animals).
Trebor and I were back organizing the reading at Otis’s Faubourg-Marigny Art and Books (FAB). Well more Trebor than me this year, but I did my little part keeping it alive in Treb’s absence. Rebel authors Emanuel Xavier and Peter Dubé read. Press plug: both have books coming out this year Peter a prose poem collection Conjure: a book of spells and Emanuel a collection of new poetry.
Also good to hang out with Sheri Johnson (DeVante’s Coven and DeVante’s Children) who was forever losing her ever-patient husband Dave. (Thank you for keeping my copy of Chulito safe. Looking forward to reading Charles’ inscription once the book makes its way back from NOLA via Minnesota.)
And as ever the food! Pim’s Cup at Napoleon House, shrimp po’boy at Magnolia Grill, burgers at Clover… Fried green tomatoes at Eat, amazing. The entire weekend washed down with happy hour ($2 rail) drinks served by the ever-present Aletha!
My story “Dim Star Descried” was selected in Lethe Press’s Wilde Stories 2009 The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction Edited by Steve Berman. This story originally appeared in Rebel’s surreal anthology Madder Love. The anthology also includes Peter Dubé’s amazing story “Echo” (also from Madder Love).
MOJO WORD GUMBO
Queer Poets and Prose-ets Put Out
7 – 8 pm Sat. night at FAB – Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen Street at Chartres Street – 8 Blocks Downriver from Jackson Square, Open Everyday Noon till 10PM, 504.947.3700
The most ecstatically inspired saints and the lowliest down-and-dirty sinners share their best stuff at the funky not-to-be-missed FAB, a queer gathering place, museum, gallery and bookstore. Featured Readers include Lethe Press’ Steve Berman and Rebel Satori authors Sven Davisson, Peter Dubé and Trebor Healey, along with poets Kyle Conner and Steven Reigns. Bring a poem to share!
My essay on William S. Burroughs is reprinted in the premiere edition of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality, edited by Andrew Philip Smith and just released by Bardic Press, Dublin.
Also included in this issue are: An interview with Alan Moore, a complete translation of the Gospel of Judas, Time Freke and the second coming, Sethian Gnosticism, Philip K. Dick…
Fall is the time when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. It is the time when the dead walk among the living and pagan beasts are blurs in the shadows. The final harvest done, the fields are given over to the faery.
This issue of Ashe Journal brings together celebrations of the wild and pagan energies of this time featuring the poetry of Skadi meic Beorh, David Finn, Robert Walker, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Diana R. Thompson, David Finn, Lupercus Pagani and Jess Mann.
Also featured in issue #7.2 are a history of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence by Sister Soami; an essay on becoming yourself through your dreams by Dr. Jerrid P. Freeman and Angela Passarelli; new writing from Raymond Yeo and Sud Ram; and book reviews.
Check out the new issue of AshÃ© Journal.
Selections available online:
Kathleen Bradean recently reviewed Madder Love for the site Erotica Revealed.
Of Peter DubÃ©’s piece “Echo,” Braden writes:
Her overall impression:
Read the full review here
Toby Johnson reviewed The Starry Dynamo in the summer issue of White Crane Journal:
The most interesting and experimental piece, titled “Mutilations,” involves incest and child sexuality and abuse. It’s written in a way that violates all traditional unities: place, time, person. And, in doing so, poignantly and beautifully captures the feeling of being “mutilated” the author means to communicate in the story, whether fiction or non-fiction.
Following is a series of essays about a variety of topics: the Indian guru Rajneesh and the rise and fall of his compound in Oregon, the French Symbolist poets, Oscar Wilde, the Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs and several about the ideas of the French philosopher of sexuality Michael Foucault. I want to especially recommend this book for these specific chapters. I found I understood Foucault better while reading Sven Davisson than I have ever before (i.e. that at any given time and place in human history ideas about sex and sexual orientation are influenced by a vast array of factors of history, politics, culture, economics, etc. and so always have to be understood in context).
This is an interesting and to use Davisson’s own term, experimental book that deserves to be read, written by an important character in the long term history of Gay consciousness.
AshÃ© Journal 7.1
Paperback, 120 pages, 6×9, $12.95
Features an examination of the Buddhist influence on the artwork of Sylvain Bouthillette by Peter DubÃ©; new fiction from Riley McLeod; The Sutra of Immeasurable Life and Wisdom translated by Brendan Connell; excerpts from Brad Warner’s Sit Down and Shut Up; and writing from Darin Beasley, Tim Holmes, Iamba, Thomas Fuchs, Girish Menezes, Charles Suhor, Bob Makransky, Stephen Killeen, Toni Fergusson and Farrell Davisson; artwork by Garin Horner; plus books reviews.
With the release of 7.1 come some exciting changes in the direction of the journal. We have decided to expand the AshÃ© project by increasing our focus distribution of the print edition. In order to make this feasible, the Journal will be issued biannually around the spring and vernal equinoxes. The full table of contents and selected samples of each issue will be presented online immediately. The release of the full online edition will be embargoed for approximately twelve months.
The full print edition is available through your local bookseller or directly from Rebel Satori Press at http://www.rebelsatori.com/shop/
Many people have asked about journal subscriptions over the past several years. Now, with the move toward full print runs, we are introducing a subscription service.
Introductory subscription rates are $16.00/ year (2 issues) within the USA. That’s over 60% off the cover price and 20% off regular subscription rate.
Subscription information is available on the journal’s website. International readers should contact the journal for a custom quote.