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   Jul 05

–Field Guide Aesthetics

Middle Island Press Chapbook: Field Guide Aesthetics by Dan Hedges

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Field Guide Aesthetics (2012)
by Dan Hedges
ISBN 978-1-4675-3919-7

Writer’s Statement: “I want to describe my writing as intense, philosophical, abstract, and hopeful. For me, poetry is a created texture, best experienced in the agrammatical mind. In my view, the crux of poetry has a lot to do with archetypes, and allowing mind-scapes to form beautifully, by force of words. Native American tradition and world-view has certainly affected my life and writing in a huge way, which often alludes to animal spirits colliding with ‘humanimal’ realities. I am intrigued by an aesthetic paradigm that I call ‘field guide aesthetics’ which attempts to reconcile new world nomenclature, with complex spirit worlds that span greater epochs.”

(A browse upon Pages 11 and 31…)

“Rubber Tomahawks”

Literary control mongers curtsy
to fractal derivatives of
‘art freedom’, and Xerox
field-guide aesthetics, to be
defended with rubber tomahawks.
These offed rheostats proceed to angle-find
America, with cheap geometry sets, to
diminish what’s sacred. To all of this,
we burn field-guide elegies
through the haunting tense,
sacrosanct forever.

“Semantic Smackdown”

Neo-Cliché-Hipsters side-step
(which is to say crab-step)
through karmic outcomes that
hinge on continuous reaction
to constant elegy,
in the haunting tense.
To reconcile urgent
metaphor with
semantic aspect
is to pull strength
to the center of
meditative judgement.
Semantic inner-explosions
squeeze massive and important epochs into
a momentary sense of
ultimate conundrum.

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