CLOSE / Parnassiad collects the first two poetry collections by Julian Darius, newly annotated by the author with a new introduction and 21 previously unpublished poems, bringing the total number of poems to 147.
This book contains 326 pages of poetry in varied lengths and in styles ranging from the highly literary ("On Parnassus with My Post-Coital Cigarette.") to the highly personal ("Traveler"). Included are poems on feminism, postmodernism, poetry, President Clinton, modern society, hedonism, sadomasochism, homosexuality, 9-11, and Jesus Christ. One poem responds to Kipling; the next calls you to imagine the process of biological evolution through the consciousnesses of the creatures involved. Other poems address Ezra Pound, Charles Bukowski, and The Waste Land -- often followed by bold intellectual observations that leave the reader both laughing and contemplating.
Peace and Other Stories contains scripts for the graphic novel Peace, seven short stories, and the graphic novel When the Koi Speaks -- all starring Irene, a poor Greek girl merged with Buddhist nothingness to become a fearsome killer. Were these scripts produced, they would run 564 story pages.
This book is a graphic novel script telling the story of a woman who lost everything. A story of compelling beauty and traumatizing violence, it is not for the prudish or the weak of heart.
As a girl, Irene begged on the streets for food. When she married a rich Japanese businessman, she thought her life complete. But when she and her life are brutalized, her refusal to surrender begins a journey that will lead her to Japan and to become an assassin so ruthless that gangsters the world over speak of her in whispers.
Fragments of a Formerly Active Sex Life is a brief poetic epic of a sexual nature, a searching examination of contemporary sexuality structurally modeled after Dante's Divine Comedy. The poem's lines are alternately erotic and philosophical, funny and hostile, argumentative and aesthetic -- but always fragmentary, broken.
The poem's semi-autobiographical narrator brazenly exposes his sexual longing, in the process exposing our own frequent, contradictory, and largely unshared thoughts about sex. Educated, he paradoxically longs for the intellectual annihilation of sex; his every word is a testament to this obsession, yet he apparently writes as a willing celibate. His poem goes from perceptive but brazen philosophy with Eastern resonance to brazen self-serving display, exposing both as part of the game of seduction. He equates sex with everything, but nothing more than writing -- an act as much an attempt to escape the trap of sexual longing as an investigation of the same -- and the reader finds himself or herself the writer's partner in this revealing and revelatory therapy for desire.
The book is divided into three parts, running a total of 131 pages.