EROS/ION by mIEKAL aND & Maria Damon
Eros/ion is a self-eroding, unstable cenotaph indexing love lost by natural processes of decay, erosion, and circumstance, as well as by unnatural processes of violence and betrayal. Past and present, imagination and the everyday world of lived relationship, are re-activated in aesthetic exorcism. Immersion in a bed of intertexts and elemental cognates allows the emergence and working-through of delicate feelings long unexpressed. The collaborative process through which the text is produced mimics erosive eros, but in a sublimated haven of words-as-coils, connective tissue, articulated flesh, divided paths, collided intentions, dynamic misunderstandings and creative camaraderie. This proximation is a lifeline we walk from the woods to the kitchen, from the garden to the studio, alone and in pairs.
NTAMO, Helsinki, Finland. Leevi Lehto, publisher.
4.25" x 6.88", 97 pages, ISBN 978-952-215-024-0, Photography by CamillE Bacos,
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“eros/ion is a beautifully designed instance of hypertext poetry in print. There are author-produced sequences that vary from the page sequences, but readers may find that they want to choose their own paths—such is the beauty and economy of the self-contained pages (lexia) that they resonate as deeply on their own as they do in relation to all of the others. As befits the form, themes include writing, text and textuality, desire, connectivity and ‘erosive media.’"–Rita Raley
“Authors: complex entanglement of empty cloth, desire of absent flesh or tantra descendent: body and name having fled, as if landscape curled around lovers, death, theory itself. oh this is beautiful! future anterior turned future interior, what has been subsequent lost in memory, death, faint reminiscence of technology. you say 'The End of History': i say, there is no end to it, commentary buries itself, every enunciation is already a problem. to be done with it, to be done with a sentence, is impossible. your impossibility is our death, our love, as if we cannot survive the year. there are no texts, no talk, no theory, no putative expression, there are only murmurs, and this is the way this book, this moment, works against itself, as if there were no (as if there were only) tomorrow.”–Alan Sondheim
“This book is delicious: replete with instances of intimacy offered in a context of restraint. Poised and riveting in its exquisite use of language, eros/ion embodies a sustained and generous miracle in collaboration.”–Sheila E. Murphy
Maria Damon is the author of The Dark End of the Street: Margins in American Vanguard Poetry and “Bagel Shop Jazz”: Selected Essays for Post-Literary “America;” co-author (with mIEKAL aND) of Literature Nation and pleasureTEXTpossesssion; and co-editor (with Ira Livingston) of the forthcoming Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader.
mIEKAL aND is a longtime DIY cultural anarchist & the creator of an infoplex worth of visual-verbal lit, audio-art, performance ritual & hypermedia distributed by Xexoxial Editions. His hypermedia works reside at JOGLARS Crossmedia Broadcast. Since 1991, he has made his home at Dreamtime Village.