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Inside the Earthquake Palace

4 Plays

Will Alexander

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00" x 8.25"
  • ISBN: 978-0-925904-89-8
  • Chax Press

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Inside the Earthquake Palace

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“Will Alexander’s poetic universe could be a 1 + 1000 surface (“folded-in expanse”) imbedded in a 1 + 1000 + X dimensional Historical Space-Time (the “transverse”), with Ancient-Future Language particles and fields trapped on the folded-in expanse while Non-Institutional Unrepressed Images (NIUI’s) are free to access the transverse. At least one of Alexander’s extra spatial dimensions could be very large (cosmic proportional) relative to the Standard Global Media Scale of Capitalist Misapprehension of “personhood”, which lowers the Fundamental Human Individual’s Volitional Scale, possibly even down to Trans-Sub-Cultural Electroweak Level. This revolutionary picture arises in the framework of recent developments in Über-Performativity in Contemporary Poetics ® as regards Spontaneous Mass Bubble Nucleation of Language as possible New Life Form Generation (NLFG’s). Generalized Over-Accumulated-Wealth SuckBot Aesthetics cannot describe Present Ever-Dying Noxious Cultures at high enough energies and so must be replaced by an Alexanderized PolyPerson Theory of Drama, picking up significant corrections as the Fundamental Ideological Corpus Energy Scale is approached. Thus, at high energies Infra-Continental Cultural Relevance “leaks” into the transverse, behaving in a truly higher-dimensional way.”

— Rodrigo Toscano

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For those already familiar with Alexander's work, these plays open a glorious perspective on his imagination. (If you're not familiar with his work, I recommend reading any book of his poetry and then one of his novels or book of essays before you read these.)

Because the form of a play depends on explicit descriptions of character and scene and event, his cosmic language bounces off of these foundational realities and shoots even farther into levels of understanding and evocation than one is used to in his work.

The real coup of these plays is in the dramatization of tension between quotidian life, love, the imagination and the forces we are affected by/ embroiled in/ barely consciously aware of/ etc. 

The title play is about an older artist and a younger artist, and the dialogue is about what it takes internally and externally to be an artist, to be attuned to the forces of the world and the forces of the being within. The older artist accuses the younger of being "ignited by whims" and later says "One must invent psychic water for oneself...I'm saying that your extremity is not organic, it can;t incorporate its own debility". The younger one eventually responds by the elder of being "from a tribe of scholars who memorize diamonds".

For Alexander, the question of creativity and devotion to one's talent and instincts in the face of a stubborn, callous world full of successfully branded and manufactured psychologies is always at the center of being. These 4 plays set very different scenes for that drama, all of which blossom like night in a bouquet.

scattered examples of the writing within:

the authorities have no other cause than having us eat ourselves alive in a mirror.

that's what you mean when you attempt to cut the blisters from my throat and leave me singing like a boiling sunbird in blood

we, post-atomic salamander lions

 A magic ink, a tensely permeable cholera.

 Any respect we garner has lesions

 You are weakened by petty optical crimes

 rational volcanoes

 immensity precedes concentration

 cloudy kayak tournament

 gather us like spoiled amoebas(less)

 — Andrew Choate, Goodreads

Will Alexander

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, novelist, 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 Lightining Field (1999), Exobiology as Goddess (2004), Sunrise in Armageddon (2006), and The Sri Lankan Loxodrome (2009). A Whiting Fellow, a California Arts Council Fellow, and a PEN Oakland National Boook Award recipient, Will Alexander lives and works in Los Angeles.