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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: BoD (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3833426594
  • ISBN-13: 978-3833426599
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 19, 2009
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477 pages of prose (which comprises a total of 30 pages) and poetry,including the preface.This book is laid out very well. Both the prose and poetry are listed according to the alphabetical order of the titles. The late (1914-1993) Sun Ra's writings are presented with the seriousness and importance they deserve. Many people take Sun Ra for a clown,or someone possibly mentally ill,certainly not a "real" musician. Usually these are people who have never heard his wonderful,exciting,big band or small group music (some of which is very straight forward),let alone read any of his writings. This book will certainly set the record straight,for it is full of Ra's writings (he started writing poetry at age nine),collecting previously published works,usually printed in very small press runs,along with much that has not been seen by the public. The first fifty or so pages are given over to explaining and placing Ra's writings in the context of the times. The five editors/scholars go into some detail concerning the influences on Sun Ra and,in turn,how his writing influenced others. There are several black and white photographs of Sun Ra/Herman Blount (his real name). Ra is shown in informal portraits wearing street clothes,wearing headphones with a cassette deck around his neck. Of interest is a list of books in Ra's personal library,which is just a small amount of his wide reading habit. They deal with subjects such as black history,folklore,politics,occultism,Egyptology,philosophy,astrology,magic,etc. This wonderful collection should be read alongside John Szwed's "Space Is The Place",which gives a good look into the life of Sun Ra.

Sun Ra's writings not only stand alone as prose and poetry,but in some cases were used as lyrical ideas for his music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Lavenz on September 10, 2013
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Sun Ra's poetry is not exactly the kind that will one day be included in the canon, nor will it ever gain much popularity among poets per se, I don't think. There's no real expression of self, no density of images, no vast vocabularies, no emphasis of suffering; rather a nullification of self, a loosening up of the "gravity-inner void," with an almost mathematical usage of words. It's not what they endorse and teach in the workshops, that's for sure-- too simple for all that! But what it has, to my ear and soul, is something immeasurably greater than poetic eloquence (which is of limited value anyhow). What it has and transmits is an attention to what matters: inspiring beings to think differently ("alter-reality") and so to really be: present, free, loving, and creative-active.

Sun Ra is a poet from outer space because the energy he transmits implies the creation of new worlds. It implies breaking the limitations of culture and our conception of what culture can do and is meant to do. Here, new forms of culture coincide with new forms of being... and these new forms are inevitably vaster and freer, rarefied and made brilliant by the rays of distant, future suns-- suns that come closer when you sing about them, play with them, warm your writing with their heat. His was a humble venture: to know in his own heart that he was doing what he was sent here to do; and to resonate, without imposing himself, with other hearts who were ready for his lightnin' and his vibe. These are the "friends of skill" who "truly say and truly-sincerely do." With care, Sun Ra embraces you as one of these friends-- embraces your potentiality to "be real"-- and dazzles you with some of the most spiritually deep and syntactically idiosyncratic poetry around along the way. Read this book!
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By l'aviateur on October 24, 2013
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An excellent book stuffed with informations, with serious and original analyses, to discover Sun Ra in all his magnificence and all his creativity. Texts / poems are splendid. The authors deliver striking point of view, particularly in drawing a parallel between Sun Ra's poetry and the great linguistic theories.
A particular book, a valuable room workpiece.
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By Mark S. Williams on September 22, 2013
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The Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce wrote, "Poetic material runs in all our souls. Only expression, that is, form, makes a poet." Therefore, the creation of a poem, a song or a painting always originates with spiritual activity. Sun Ra, like all truly great artists, understood this profoundly, and used his poetry and music to reach, enlighten and uplift people on a spiritual level.
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By Dag Weiser on May 17, 2013
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One of a kind. His poetry is a further insight into the galactic mind that has always been Ra's. inward, outward, and onward!
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