by Peter Lamborn Wilson
76 pages, 6×9 inch trim
“Ostensibly a volume of poems, this dense glossary packs the deep
gratification of his best prose. But at its best, Gothick
Institutions is neither poetry nor prose while obviously both—because
buried in these pages we find wrinkled love letters from our
spiritual ancestors reincarnated as the crinkly cartography of our
—Anu Bonobo, Fifth Estate, Winter 2006
from the book:
Imagine an alternate dimension where
dervishes are roaming around America
sects of Swedenborgian hobos etc.
You’re there camping in the graveyard
long black hair in tangles, ghostwhite face.
Peter Lamborn Wilson founded The Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade on
Pacifica Radio; taught many years at the Jack Kerouac School of
Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University; and is a long-time member
of the Autonomedia publishing collective in Brooklyn, New York.
Author of Angels: An Illustrated Study (Thames & Hudson); Sacred
Drift: Essays on the Margins of Islam (City Lights); Shower of
Stars: Dream & Book in Sufism & Taoism (Autonomedia); etc. He Lived
in Tehran, London and Manhattan before moving to upstate New York at
the fin de siécle.