Holy Hell: Psychoactive Poetry
These poems playfully ground the holotropic notions of Western ontology and Eastern meditation traditions in the varied experiences of everyday life. The arc of the book is a journey from the depths of the unconscious mind to the heights of Superconsciousness. Unique to Whelan´s poetry is his evocation of the coexistence of the primordial Delight in Being with metaphysical terror. All of these factors contribute to the acutely psychoactive quality of the poetry - the audience cannot but resonate with the psychological transformations that are embedded in the writing. Subjects include, among other things, an exploration of the transformative effect of Whelan´s ordeal with childhood cancer; the liberating potential of sex and creativity; and the struggle for meaning in our post-nihilistic world. An enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
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