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Justin Desmangles

Our guest this afternoon, on the 5 o'clock hour, Will Alexander.

"Mr. Alexander works in multiple genres. In addition to being a poet, he is also a novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist. His influences range from poetic practitioners, such as Aimé Césaire, Bob Kaufman, Andre Breton, Antonin Artaud, and Philip Lamantia, to the encompassing paradigm of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, and the Egyptian worldview as understood by Cheikh Anta Diop and R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz. The latter is central to Alexander’s expanding inner range, which has allowed him access to levels of mind beyond the three-dimensional as boundary. He thereby explores the full dimensionality of each word. For him, each word has access to not only the median level of three-dimensional experience, but also partakes of experience on both the supra and subconscious planes. His praxis of language is not unlike the Mayan numerical world where each letter of the alphabet spontaneously engages in non-limit. Thus, all the fields of experience are open for exploration. Art, physics, botany, history, astronomy, architecture, poetics, each being a portion of the fields open for exploration. His books include Asia and Haiti, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome, Compression and Purity, Sunrise In Armageddon, Diary As Sin, Inside the Earthquake Palace, Towards The Primeval Lightning Field, and Mirach Speaks To His Grammatical Transparents. Alexander meditates and ambulates in The City of Angels." - New Directions



Partial Bibliography

  • Vertical Rainbow Climber, Jazz Press (Aptos, CA), 1987.
  • Arcane Lavender Morals, Leave Books (Buffalo, NY), 1994.
  • The Stratospheric Canticles, Pantograph Press (Berkeley, CA), 1995.
  • Asia & Haiti, Sun & Moon Press (Los Angeles, CA), 1995.
  • Above the Human Nerve Domain, Pavement Saw Press (Columbus, OH), 1998.
  • Towards the Primeval Lightning Field, (essays), O Books (Oakland, CA), 1998.
Contributor to various small press publications, including Callaloo, Conjunctions, apex of the M, Orpheus Grid, and Gem.

Further Reading

  • Alexander, Will, Towards the Primeval Lightning Field, O Books (Oakland, CA), 1998, p. 7.
  • American Book Review, February, 1996, Mark Scroggins, "Logolatry," review of Asia & Haiti, p. 7.
  • American Poet, winter, 2000-2001, Clayton Eshleman, "A Note on Will Alexander," p. 15.
  • Callaloo, spring, 1999, Harryette Mullen, "'A Collective Force of Burning Ink': Will Alexander's Asia & Haiti," p. 417.
  • Fessenden Review, 1989, review of Vertical Rainbow Climber, p. 88.
  • Hambone, fall, 1998, Barbara Barrigan, "'Hewing the Void': Linguistic Rebellion in Will Alexander's Asia & Haiti," p. 201.
  • Lingo, 1997, Garrett Caples, "Is the Analysis Impure?," p. 74.
  • Sulfur, spring, 1996, John Olson, review of Asia & Haiti, p. 165.
  • Electronic Poetry Center (February, 1998), profile of apex of the M.
  • O Books, (March 1, 2002), review of Towards the Primeval Lightning Field.
  • Pavement Saw Press, (March 1, 2002).


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