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Poetry. African American Studies. Philosophy. Essays. Now available as a second edition with a new preface from the author, Will Alexander's TOWARDS THE PRIMEVAL LIGHTNING FIELD (O Books, 1998) is a work of "vertical philosophy" revealing the strata of cultures and language, like geographical layers seen all at once. These essays comprise Alexander's "search for origins outside the warrens of the visible," revealing a singular imagination that moves with the force of a manifesto and the impossible dexterity of the unknown. Described by Eliot Weinberger as "probably the only African-American poet to take Aimé Cesaire as a spiritual father," Alexander's singular voice resonates far past the constrictions of the rational world.
In the tradition of Sun Ra and Aime Cesaire, Will Alexander's poetry combines the surreal with an extra-terrestrial perspective on the relation of humans to mind and the cosmic environment. His perspective emerges from Africa and the Earth's trans-oceanic rim. He is also a poet, essayist, novelis, philosopher, visual artist, as well as playwright. His myriad books include Vertical Rainbow Climber (1987), Asia & Haiti (1995), Above the Human Nerve Domain (1998), TOWARDS THE PRIMEVAL LIGHTNING FIELD (Litmus Press, 1999), Exobiology as Goddess (2004), Sunrise Armageddon (2006), and The Sri Lankan Loxodrome (2009). His latest book is AT NIGHT ON THE SUN (Chax Press, 2017). A Whiting Fellow, a PEN Oakland National Book Award recipient, and the winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize for 2016. Will Alexander lives and works in Los Angeles.Author City: Los Angeles, CA USA