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Book Announcement: Olga Broumas and T Begley, “Jamais Vu”

October 5th, 2016

Humanities Administrator

Jamais Vu is a sounding of individual joints and social folds — the phrasal body creaking, the integral body singing its connections, wave after wave, in the particular mode:

“like a sail I found myself
in material I could carry”

Mneme tremors in the wall-dust of ruined stars. Or we can be literal: Jamais Vu is a series of image and breath-centric lyrics that seek, in the space between voices, the deeper reaches of personal memories, where recollection becomes a reinvention (a re-breathing) of historical figments and figures. From the introduction by april joseph:

“Ancient and (music)noteworthy mystics appear throughout this pureland reminding us of ancestral roots’ voice, of its seekers, seers, mourners and singers. As we sail through the ‘hour of revelation’ we discover a ‘sonar alphabet’ and ‘two language reservoirs.’ (What does your alphabet sing like?) Broumas and Begley ask us to engage in deep play, allowing us to seek the oracle in nature, revealing the imaginary. One reservoir holds a ‘hurricane of sound’ while the other contains ‘bits of god black ribbon | hundreds unseen and outspread on the sand.’ We stand on the shore and feel the tide’s call, its pull so alluring, we only sink deeper into shore becoming ocean.The collaboration carefully articulates what is unknown. Broumas and Begley’s practice of titration gives us a momentary glimpse of what we do not know and reveals the ghost: ‘…darkness gathers | this small corner of silence…’ We enter unrealized space through their anatomy of poetics — placing awareness on the breath, we rest before we take another step further through.”

To find out more about the book click here.

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