Come celebrate the release of Mandragora: Further Explorations in Esoteric Poesis from Scarlet Imprint!
Poetry reading and book signing by contributing poets
- Anna Applegate
- Ariana Dawnhawk
- Jennifer Lawrence
Pulled from the ground, its shrieks threatening madness, carved and anointed, given form and breath…so it is, the Word walks.
The poetry in Mandragora drives deep into the humus heart of experience – spellwork, praise, story, song. From the breathless brevity of haiku through the humming rhythm of the long meditation the thread of hidden history runs, telling in mosaic the story of the occultist, the witch, the worshiper, the scholar and the celebrant. This is a work of many voices from a rich diversity of practice, each burning the wick to illuminate a piece of the Great Work. Some voices will be familiar to those readers of the first anthology, some will be new, and all are testament to a continuing dedication to the sublime and challenging work of poetic and artistic craft in our communities.
A chthonic and deeply rooted work, Mandragora is a companion volume to Scarlet Imprint's poetry anthology, Datura, and comprises nine extensive essays and the works of 48 poets. The launch features spoken word by Mandragora's poets Anna Applegate, Ariana Dawnhawk and Jennifer Lawrence, followed by a book signing.
Ruby Sara, editor of Madragora and Datura writes, "for me there truly is no difference on a metaphysical level between poetry and magick - they are the same movement, and you cannot have true magick without poetry (or true poetry without magick). Poetry is the language of magick, it is magick given voice and form. On a practical level, the human voice is a critical instrument in various manner of spellcraft, as is language... history bears this out thoroughly I think... and in my experience, spellcraft is hugely enhanced by applying to it the music and rhythm and articulate beauty of invocative, resonant poetry."
Featured Poets Reading at book launch
Anna Applegate, is a wordslinger for fun and profit, who sees poetry as being akin to shamanism, given that both disciplines make use of exalted states of consciousness to journey between worlds, and whose work is informed by a mythic lens of perception that peels back the layers of mundane awareness to expose the throbbing pulse of the Numinous in Divine Feminine form.
Ariana Dawnhawk is an eclectic striving for syncretism, and a professional creative. Her influences include Feri, Morningstar, Neo Wicca, Thelema, and a group known as The Department. She is active in her local OTO body and kink community.
Jennifer Lawrence is an obsessive gardener, herbalist, poet, walker through woods, animist, collector of animal relics, and a multi-trad pagan polytheist (Greek recon/Irish recon/heathen) with a relatively recent interest in shamanistic and cunning-folk practices.
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Special discount prices for book launch!
If possible, please order online below, or call us at 773-327-7224 by May 29, so we can order enough copies.
We will have some extra copies on hand for those people who know after May 29 that they want the book(s)
Mandragora (hard cover only) $55 + $5.23 tax = $60.23
Datura (paperback only) $20 + $1.90 tax = $21.90