ASCEND ASCEND - a public ritual for personal transformation
“Janaka Stucky is extraordinary, and his work riveting.”
—Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin
“Ascend Ascend is a passionate trance poem of praise, incantation and divination … One is grateful, in these imperiled times, for such forceful ritual and invocation: Every word along the way / Lit like a flame upon / The wick of its origin.”
—Anne Waldman, author of Trickster Feminism
“Stucky’s writing is a miracle, not only in its genius, but in its generosity. This is a love poem that shocks with secret links and revelations. It will lift you out of whoever you think you are.”
—Pam Grossman, host of The Witch Wave podcast
Poets, witches, and rock stars alike all have one thing in common—today at least—and that is their passion for the work of poet Janaka Stucky. Written over the course of twenty days coming in and out of trance states while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, Janaka’s new book ASCEND ASCEND is rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot literature, which chronicles an ascent up the Kabbalistic Tree of Life to witness the “chariot of God.” Equal parts Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” this long poem documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine.
Returning to England for the first time since his phenomenal performance at the Roundhouse in 2014, Janaka Stucky will be flying in from the United States to celebrate the launch of his new book, Ascend Ascend. Published in the UK by the leading independent publisher for esotericism and magic in visual culture, Fulgur Press, this deluxe, limited edition of Ascend Ascend also features seven beautiful illustrations by the American fine artist, K Lenore Siner—who is also flying in for the event. For one night only, Janaka will be presenting this new work in its entirety as an immersive, multidisciplinary performance to create a visceral interpretation of ritual that invokes mythography across cultural and corporeal boundaries.Joining Janaka in the night’s performances will be London-based poet, Scarlett Sabet, whose latest book of poems, Camille, launched at Mortimer House back in March of 2019. Copies of Ascend Ascend will also be on-hand, each signed and numbered by both Janaka and K.