riverpeople

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riverpeople
Peter Lamborn Wilson

“Every map has its Night Sky because the Map is not the Territory — & yet it is….

Ordinary maps project ideological inscriptions onto the body of landscape — but a magical map would share essences with that landscape & engage in co-realization with it. Such a map could then act as a pilgrim’s guide to the Profane or— Secular Illumination — a pagan theory of Sacred Earth as cartomantic spell. Looked at this way, even ordinary maps possess an “invisible” or nocturnal dimension, or rather a set of stars & asterisms that replicate or mirror its topography & hydrography in the sleeping sky — ‘As Above, So Below’ — sciences that (as Novalis says) will then have been poeticized.”river people is a long poem mixed with bits of prose, insurrectionary
history, hydraulics, swimming holes, Big Indian,
Oscar Wilde, the Woodstock witches, creeks, kills, vlys, lighthouses,
ice yachts, Rosicrucians, the Ashokan Reservoir,
wampum, Greek mythology, and a new religion based on Algonkian/
African/Anglican sources, for the re-paganization of
monotheism and re-enchantment of the landscape—all
along the Esopus River in Ulster Co., New York. Many illustrations, including color
art by the author.
ISBN:9781570272608 Now Available 184pp. 7’’x10” $20.00
Contents

Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7

Canto I/1 Invocation …………………………………………………………………………………….. 13
Canto I/2 Ideological Collage ………………………………………………………………………. 19
Canto I/3 Hardenburgh ………………………………………………………………………………… 23
Canto I/4 Big Indian …………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
Canto I Press Release …………………………………………………………………………………… 34

Canto II/1 Oscar Wilde in the Catskills ………………………………………………………. 39
Canto II/2 Oscar on the Esopus …………………………………………………………………… 41
Canto II/3 Who Was George Wharton Pepper? …………………………………………… 51
Canto II Press Release …………………………………………………………………………………. 55

Canto III/1 Esopus Eclogue ………………………………………………………………………….. 59
Canto III/2 The Ashokan Dam ……………………………………………………………………. 63
Canto III/3 The Ashokan Reservoir …………………………………………………………….. 73

Canto IV/1 Some Swimming Holes …………………………………………………………….. 77
Canto IV/2 The Bee ……………………………………………………………………………………… 79
Canto IV/3 The Natural Ice Trade ………………………………………………………………. 87
Canto IV/4 Swimming Hole at Undisclosed Location ………………………………… 91
Canto IV Press Release ………………………………………………………………………………… 55

Canto V/1 Pseudo Sonnet for Dr Brink ……………………………………………………… 95
Canto V/2 Dr Brink vs. the Woodstock Witches ……………………………………….. 97
Canto V/3 Mink Hollow ……………………………………………………………………………… 103
Canto V/4 Dr Brink, Fragments, Golden Crow …………………………………………. 105
Canto V/5 Mosaic of Quotations on “Woodstock” Witchcraft ……………………….. 113
Canto V/6 On the Brink ………………………………………………………………………………. 119
Canto V Press Release ………………………………………………………………………………… 123

Canto VI The Esopus Wars ………………………………………………………………………… 127
Canto VI Press Release ……………………………………………………………………………….. 136

Canto VII/1 The Lighthouse at Saugerties ………………………………………………… 141
Canto VII/2 Lighthouse Riff ………………………………………………………………………. 143
Canto VII/3 Euphrates …………………………………………………………………………………. 147
Canto VII/4 The Bishop of Galatia …………………………………………………………….. 149

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