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Snake III: The Hunger Sutrasby: Gary Lemons
Publication Date: November 2018
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Snakethe Hunger Sutras is the third book in the Snake Quartet. By now snake has carried the lost voicesfrom the smallest single celled whisper to the bellow of more complex creatures as she wanders the empty Earth. Thousandsmaybe millions of yearslistening--while also searching for the clues in the ruins that when puzzled into insight become the beginning movement in the opera of life returning. The clues are fossils embedded in the archeological remains of stone and airfire and rain. All that is left. Except for snake.
PRAISE FOR SNAKETHE HUNGER SUTRAS
Reading Gary Lemonss The Hunger Sutras, you will enter a dizzyingly visionary head-space, and you will feel your skull crack, ear imp, spirit throb. Expect to be transported at vertiginous speed to an apocalyptic post-modern world where naked angels / [Lie] in the sand like industrial debris (re-see: the paintings of Bosch and Bruegel the Elder), this wondrous topsy-turvy, twisted, gnarled-up world (O Revelation) where melodious ashes fill the air, this compost pile realm of the tail-flailing snake, Lemons own re-invention of the Damaballah of Haitian vodun but with a Buddhist twist. Be convulsed, be transmogrified by snakes prophecies, by snakes obfuscations, by snakes teasing secretsO, indeed, allow yourself to be enraptured by snakes riddling words, by snakes shape-shifting thoughts, this animal shaman befriender of the dead, this trickster that dwells in the here and the thereomniscient as an atom in an eye, this roving seer that seeks after truths (the many, never the few) and like some avenging angel detonates all the lies shes ever / Been told.
Orlando Ricardo Menes, author of Fetish and Heresies
Gary Lemons third book, the Hunger Sutras, advances his brilliant quartet and is something very surprisinglike James Merrill meets Robert Bly. This book, though, is in no way derivativeit is, and this is my point, utterly original and, if this is possible, its also a warm-hearted puzzlement. This work serves as an illumination in a time of great darkness. Wonderful!
Norman Dubie, author of The Quotations of Bone.
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