AINU DREAMS

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In Ainu Dreams, poet George Quasha and buun, a Japanese artist living in America, collaborate in poetically manifesting the artist's richly articulated dream-life. These eighty-odd poems embody an ever-opening cosmos of curious image, surprising narrative, and enigmatic teaching in a language no one could have dreamed up alone. Structurally intriguing poems reveal the innards of the dreams themselves, yet always speak directly and readably, sometimes addressed to a second person (the poet? the reader?). The poems...
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Overview

In Ainu Dreams, poet George Quasha and buun, a Japanese artist living in America, collaborate in poetically manifesting the artist's richly articulated dream-life. These eighty-odd poems embody an ever-opening cosmos of curious image, surprising narrative, and enigmatic teaching in a language no one could have dreamed up alone. Structurally intriguing poems reveal the innards of the dreams themselves, yet always speak directly and readably, sometimes addressed to a second person (the poet? the reader?). The poems and even reading itself seem to be dreaming. Poet and dreamer both live in New York's Hudson Valley.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581770537
  • Publisher: Barrytown/Station Hill Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/1999
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

George Quasha is the co-founder of Barrytown/Station Hill Press. He is a poet and artist who works across mediums to explore principles in common within language, sculpture, drawing, video, sound, installation, and performance. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry (1975), and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in video art (2006).
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Table of Contents

A Word Before: Something Like the Facts of the Matter 11
The Fool 15
New Year's Day 16
Nest Living 17
I Am a Member of the Mind Circus 18
Age of Wings 19
I Get Reversed 20
Journeying 21
Instrumental Opening 22
Rebound 24
I Am the Master Box Maker 25
I Was Designing a Human Airplane 26
I Am Looking 28
Healing Ritual 29
There Are Places 30
Changing Form 32
Department Store 34
Apple 35
Risque 36
Knot 37
Philosophical Immunity 38
A Woman Is Carrying the Full Moon 40
Big Moon on the Verge 41
Being Partial 42
Communication 44
Two Objects Hanging in Air 45
Carriers 46
Twins at Hand 48
A Logic of Two Kinds 50
Two Arts 51
Two Cars Parked in the Parking Lot 52
This Much 53
What's It Like to Be 84%? 54
Around & About Tibet 56
Traveling Around in Southern Caucasia 57
Meaningless Chili 58
Phone Call 60
Telling Sky 62
Flying Doctor 64
Flying Upward 66
Human Paint 67
Odds Are 68
Taking Space 70
I Found a Way 71
In Brief 72
Your Death 73
In Common 74
Familiar Space 75
How I Was Animated 76
A Crack in the Air 78
7 79
Cleaning 80
A Great Wheel Day 81
Natural Offense 83
I Heard They Caught the Blue Dragon 84
Field Work 85
Portrait With Red Bird 86
White Retriever 88
My White Dog 89
A Huge White Bear 90
The Place of Buttons 91
This Beautiful Little Girl 93
Blessed Dolls 94
Jesus Christ is in the Room 95
Blue 96
They Kidnapped Me 98
Limited Communication 100
Sitting on Thin Glass 101
G. Says He Knows How to Catch Time 102
True Tangerines 103
Virtual Relations 104
Judging by Appearances 106
Real Feast 107
Meet Me in the Sky 108
Spiral Trees or How to Interpret a Chinese Movie 110
Cooking with Earth 112
The Almond Tree 113
Invisible Tree 114
Word Expanse 116
Excavation 118
Afterwords
Millennial Name 123
Drawings - a note on visual time 125
Oneiropoeia - telling tales on dreaming 127
A Spirited Note 140
Tamashi 141
Biographical Note 142
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