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Dadalectic Hardcover – December 20, 2017
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From the Author
I came to the title 'Dadalectic' with subtitle 'Waking Dream' as I believe it guides the reader towards the basic understanding of this text; I was both awake and asleep, the state of half-consciousness termed 'hypnagogia' in which your mind may shut down but your imagination is not at rest. And, so, you are left with meaningful meaninglessness, a testament to dadaism.
While I have a passion for dadaism, I also appreciate structure and logical reasoning. Influenced by my studies in semiotics and my love of patterns, I structured this collection so that each piece connects from one to the other in ways that may take a few glances to fully grasp. In a way, this collection functions as one whole story in itself, just like an ever-changing dream with one consistent mood or overarching theme.
I hope you enjoy this, my first published collection of works, and that you find something meaningfully meaningless as it relates to you. You can take this as seriously or as light-hearted as you'd like, and the next time you're drifting off to sleep, you can let your mind wander and see what visions your imagination invokes. Perhaps you'll find a doll in a supermarket shopping for boxes of children, or perhaps a man wearing a knife on his head in order to cut the cake, and his wife jokingly calls him "the most dangerous unicorn."
From the Back Cover
A strange, surreal and seemingly nonsensical collection of poetic stories and dreamy artworks play with pattern and perception in Geena Matuson's first book. This aptly subtitled 'waking dream' will take you into hypnagogia, a state of half-consciousness between wake and sleep. Some of these stream-of-consciousness pieces relate to real events - like the time she was almost constricted to death by a boa constrictor at the science museum - while some relate to those visions we all have just as we're drifting to sleep.
"In this state, you are left with meaningful meaninglessness, a testament to dadaism," states the author in the book's introduction, paving the way for an intriguing foray into the mind of a hypomanic teen. It is suggested you read this book as you're drifting to sleep, yourself; you may just make sense of it, and even make a few personal discoveries of your own.
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That twin-eyed imagining of warmth and light is overlaid with one of Ms. Matuson’s thought-phrases, “the fraternal twins of rhyme”.
Alice (she of Wonderland fame) once drowsily wondered, “Do cats eat bats? ...Do bats eat cats?” So too, Geena frees her mind to wander dreamlike: “Nothing rhymes with ‘orange.’ You could claim ‘porridge,’ a kind of imperfect rhyme...” This imperfect pairing she recognizes as “the fraternal twins of rhyme.”
Unlike Alice Ms. Matuson is a grown-up who speaks directly, without need of any narration from Lewis Carroll. Geena plays knowingly with words to discover in the word play things she did not know she knew. “Light” and “night” look so similar, the similarity of the two words ironically highlighting their difference...
Throughout, this book reveals in exacting detail Matuson’s mind simultaneously creating and observing itself creating. Again and again, she catches herself flagrant and undisguised in the very act of thought — capturing successive moments of insight and reflection unfolding in precise, full-color, full-blooded detail.
If you desire to approach Ms. Matuson very closely, if you want to see the images she envisions as they are reflected in her own clear eyes,... if you want to be able to hear the sound of her words playing out upon her liquid tongue,... if you are the sort who, given the choice between “truth” or “dare” chooses both because you want it all... If that is you, then open this book. Place your hand directly onto the electric current of Geena Matuson’s thought, and don’t let go.
A Bathroom Reader for those who choose to go in my Living Room
Easy to digest, page-long poems that give you something to chew on afterwards without leaving a bad taste in your mouth
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***The quality of paper and construction of the book is Grade A!