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Crazy Louise or La Conversazione Sacra - by Louise Landes Levi (Paperback)

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Louise Landis Levi’s Crazy Louise(or la Conversazione Sacra) is a deliberate departure—both from the formal construction of her previous works & from her focus on early (medieval) forms of feminine process & liberation ( Sweet on My Lips: the Love Poems of Mira Bai). Here Levi works close to home, a personal often fragmented process—she details & deconstructs conventions relating to maternal instinct—to hierarchical lineage & to the suffering of female perceptual process—within the patriarchal construct unable to recognize it. Behind apparent “madness,” the madness of genocide, of illegitimate (domestic) & legitimate (state sponsored) torture. (Craze: 1570s, "diseased, sickly," from craze + y. Meaning "full of cracks or flaws" from 1580s; that "of unsound mind, or behaving as so" et. al). The intent in this linguistic cacophony: to transcend. Levi writes, as an “initiate” invoking oriental schools of “crazy” (unconventional) wisdom to contain the debilitating, socially invasive use of this same term “crazy” in our occidental world, especially with relation to women. A close view of sexual trauma, a reading & rewriting of the body, political & personal, this book in an introduction, indeed an unveiling as the cover portrait by Ira Cohen, suggests. The author writes, "Ira knew how to look—he cld. prophesize through the lens. He knew I wld. one day unveil myself. Dear Reader, you certainly cannot tell a book by its cover—if you could these pages wld. be written in gold." The text—a series of untitled p

Louise Landes Levi?s Crazy Louise ( or la Conversazione Sacra) is a deliberate departure?both from the formal construction of her previous works & from her focus on early (medieval) forms of feminine process & liberation (Sweet on My Lips, the Love Poems of Mira Bai). Here Levi works close to home?a personal often fragmented process?as she details and deconstructs conventions relating to maternal instinct, hierarchical lineage and the suffering of female perceptual process within patriarchal constructs unable to recognize it.Leviwrites as an ?initiate,? redeeming oriental schools of ?crazy? (unconventional) wisdom, or open mind, from the debilitating, socially invasive use of this same term in the occidental world. The text, a series of untitled poems, spontaneously assembled by the author on Christmas Day, 2010, is comprised of writings ca. 1999-2009. A close view of sexual trauma, a reading & rewriting of the body, political & personal, this book in an introduction?indeed unveiling, as the cover portrait of the author by legendary photographer Ira Cohen suggests. As Levi writes, ?Ira knew how to look?he cld. prophesize through the lens. He knew I wld. one day unveil myself. Dear Reader, you certainly can not tell a book by its cover?if you could these pages wld. be written in gold.?

Number of Pages: 169
Genre: Poetry
Sub-Genre: American / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Midpoint Trade Books Inc
Author: Louise Landes Levi
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2017
TCIN: 17445931
UPC: 9781581771459
Item Number (DPCI): 247-46-7099
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