Thursday, April 26, 2012
720 Records in Lawrenceville
8:30-10:30 PM
free and open to the public

As we were preparing the details for this next ((PRO) (FANA)), the University of Pittsburgh was barraged with a series of bomb threats over the past month. Given this ((PRO) (FANA))’s theme, it seemed fitting that all of this unfolded and peaked with Mercury in retrograde. “Poet Projective: Somatics, Clairvoyance, and Intuitive Engagements” explores how we can come to new insights when we turn aside from “rationality” — a deductive, empirically based method for understanding the world — and engage subtler impulses in pursuit of a new portrait of reality. Indeed, some of our most lauded and inventive minds have dabbled in the occult — Isaac Newton, Carl Jung, William Blake, Maya Deren, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and David Lynch come quickly to mind — and the “New” Age in fact echoes our most ancient cultural practices.

“Poet Projective” brings together two of the foremost practitioners of intuitive engagements in contemporary poetry for an evening of dialogue and exploration. Join us as CA Conrad and Debrah Morkun discuss their poetic practices, how they came to this mode of writing, and some of the startling insights they’ve achieved.

CA Conrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers on the side of the highway for his teen mother and helping her shoplift. A skilled Dakini Tarot reader, Conrad’s numerous books include Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press), a collaboration with Frank Sherlock titled The City Real and Imagined (Factory School), and The Book of Frank (Wave Books) and A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics (Wave Books) as well as recent essays in the anthologies Why are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? (AK Press) and No Gender: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press). Among his various projects, Conrad also edits Jupiter 88: A Video Journal of Contemporary Poetry as well as Paranormal Poetics. His prizes include the Gill Ott Book Award and a Pew Fellowship by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Find out more about him at his website. 

Debrah Morkun believes in near death experiences and prays to the old gods. A graduate of Naropa University, Debrah is the author of The Ida Pingala (BlazeVOX, 2011) & Projection Machine (BlazeVOX, 2010) as well as several chapbooks. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she curates The Jubilant Thicket Literary Series & co-curates (with Kim Gek Lin Short) The General Idea Series. You can visit her at her website for more of her poetry and reviews.