Endymion or The State of Entropy
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This is a mythological portrait of my struggle for self-actualization to integrate the conscious with the unconscious. Or to put it in another way, an illustrated fantasy which conjures a world in which archetypal characters from Greek mythology battle for dominance as Endymion, the main character attempts to wake himself from endless sleep. It is a part-epic battle, part-psychotherapeutic journey written in poetic meter as one continuous dream where Jupiter, Diana (Hekate - Artemis - Selene), Zephyrus, Hermes and Endymion wrestle with reason, fear, hope and divine inspiration.
Carl Jung created the term “active imagination” to describe a conscious method of experimentation by harnessing the creative imagination to bridge the gap with the unconscious mind with trance-like visions. This best describes how my work took shape when I was writing or should I say experiencing the first draft at the age of 27.
Thirty years later, the pandemic of 2020 resurfaced those same eternal questions about life, death and our relationship to the universe. The long hours of mandated isolation created the space to revisit my visions and decipher the symbols of that experience.
I spent much of my time during those lockdowns piecing together the fragments of my writings for this publication.
This unacted play is written in four acts and is lushly illustrated by the celebrated artist Rebecca Yanovskaya. I have also included a detailed reference section with personal commentaries and explanations on the archaic symbols and historical references used in the text and images.
I held off releasing the book so it could coincide with Percy Shelley's bicentennial this year. Shelley died in a boating accident off the Gulf of Spezia in Italy on July 8, 1822. Coincidentally, John Keats died of tuberculosis a year earlier in 1821 and of course his own version of this myth was also a great inspiration.
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Reviews and notable mentions:
- "For folks intrigued by the idea of drama about Romantic poetry, dreams and nightmares, and cosmic battles fought for the consciousness of one man, Endymion or The State of Entropy: A Lyrical Drama will not disappoint."
Joshua Gage from the legendary Cemetery Dance Magazine on their review page.
- "This deserves many many readings."
Denis Poisson features the bibliophile edition on Foolish Fish YouTube.
- "I devoured this book the same (as) gods and goddesses devour ambrosia and nectar, th(e) sweet goodness of the Greeks. I was immersed of how lyrical the writing was, imprinting on me like a permanent tattoo. It is beautiful and contemplative, and you would question yourself you don't know the answer to." Jesamae on BookSirens
- "Endymion is a delight to the senses. The images it conjures in each line make the reader go back in time, to times that we almost always remember superficially but to which we owe a lot. Kurt recovers the romanticism, the emotional, the individual of the past, makes it his own, and presents it in a creative and eloquent way."
Alan D.D The Wild Hunt review.
- The Hermetic Library Blog posted a lovely feature on the bibliophile edition here.
-"I recommend this beautiful book especially to fans of Keats and Shelley, of Jung, and to those that love the Ancient Greek and Roman myths. It is a lyrical play that is timeless and universal to our human experience." Lotus Noumenia News
- "This is one of the best books I have ever read. You don't need to understand it if you don't but just enjoy it! WOW! Brilliant!"
Dina Husseini on Goodreads
- "I don't feel competent to review this book, although I should be, but I need to say something. I need to express my love for it! I won't dare analyze it, but it is beautiful in every way. Definitely worth the read. Also,the illustrations by Rebbeca Yanovskaya are just magical, like nothing I've seen so far."
Katarina on Goodreads
- "If you're a fan of Keats, Coleridge or Shelly, this is the book for you."
Daithi M Haxton Amazon.com
- "'Beautifully lyrical with illustrations to match, this short drama will delight your senses. Accompanied with detailed notes and references, this book provides rich historical context as well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend it.'"
Alicia Doyle Goodreads
- "Omg what can I say about this book of poetry, it was amazing, if you love mythology then you will love this book, if you love poetry, you will love this book .. exciting and descriptive in its words, I found that the lyrical verse with illustrations to match just added so much to the overall book and feeling."
Marie Carolin Artybits
- "Endymion, or The State of Entropy is majestic narrative poem inspired by Greek mythology. This poem has wonderful imagery and amazing allegory to make a immersive reading experience. The illustrations throughout that accompanied the text were gorgeous. This is my first read from Kurt R. Ward but after reading Endymion, I’ll be rereading it until Ward’s next release because I simply cannot get enough!"
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