Literary Nonfiction. African & African American Studies. Art. California Interest. Will Alexander's A CANNIBAL EXPLAINS HIMSELF TO HIMSELF is a collection of essays on topics ranging from Los Angeles, collaborative art, cosmic interventions, psychic fragmentation via ego, and the folly of Aryanism from one of America's foremost avant-garde writers. A CANNIBAL erupts and disrupts trains of thought exploring various contours of the human psyche like a phosphorescent snake, burning from the first Egyptians' rage to the ailment of its modern expression. Alexander's tenor glows with the energy of self-remembering; as we consume thoughts and air and bread, invisible energy also consumes us.
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Will Alexander is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, aphorist, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist. The author of over 30 books and winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize, the American Book Award, a California Arts Council Fellowship, and a Whiting Award, Alexander's work is characterized by a deep tension between the local and the cosmic, exploring the relationships between biological, physiological, and cultural phenomena and their analogues in physics and cosmology. His work is both surrealistic and meditative, resulting in a broadly various body of work that uses autobiography and astronomy to contextualize social and cultural pretensions and antagonisms. In his own words, Alexander's writing is a verbal yoga that emanates from the page as contagion.Author City: Los Angeles, CA USA