Spanning the years 1987-2001, from just before the rise of the internet to just before 9/11, Remedia: A Picaresque engages readers in an unruly spiritual odyssey. Remedia's hero, a postmodern-day picaro, joins a quirkily connected and diverse band of characters traveling together and separately via multiple planes in time on a spiritual quest.

Its narrator's peregrinations take him to France, Ireland, San Francisco, and the Utah desert before he makes a phantasmagoric first foray through one of the portals. Thereafter Remedia's exploration of late 20th century media culture prophetically transforms into a transgressive and tragicomic apocalypse taking the traveler to distant deserts and islands, both actual and spiritual

 

Poetry. Religion & Spirituality. The dictionary definition of "hagiography" is a biography of a saint, but though some saints turn up here, Michael Joyce's A HAGIOGRAPHY OF HEAVEN AND VICINITY is more a travelogue through a unique poetic landscape where the spiritual and secular intertwine, "salvation and damnation mixed," in a heady brew of cultural highbrow and pop, of past and present, the imagined and real. The book both begins and ends with images of "an ordinary place upon this earth," one the "placeless place" of a shopping mall (where Saul of Tarsus contemplates the end of prophesy while eating sesame chicken), the other the author's memories of a street corner in Uppsala, which in its very lack of anything remarkable answers the "silence of god." As this book travels the interpenetration of the sacred and the mundane, it is also a celebration, brilliantly and joyfully done.

Fiction. LBGT Studies. Michel Foucault famously wrote, "I am fully aware that I have never written anything other than fictions." In this polylingual, operatic fantasy comprised of invented letters, most of them unsent, set in Sweden during February 1956 while Foucault was undergoing a Swedish winter, the philosopher finds himself not just researching, but living through, his work to come, Madness and Civilization.

 

Poetry. "...these poems split the seconds of daily life into splinters that, with time, catch the light..."—Charles Bernstein

Fiction. LBGT Studies. Michel Foucault famously wrote, "I am fully aware that I have never written anything other than fictions." In this polylingual, operatic fantasy comprised of invented letters, most of them unsent, set in Sweden during February 1956 while Foucault was undergoing a Swedish winter, the philosopher finds himself not just researching, but living through, his work to come, Madness and Civilization.