Mysticism and Meaning: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Jack Hirschman, Harry T. Hunt, Richard H. Jones, Alex S. Kohav, Livia Kohn, Gregory M. Nixon.
Mysticism and Meaning: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Mysticism and Meaning: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Mysticism and Meaning: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Mysticism and Meaning: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

St. Petersburg: Three Pines Press, 2019. First Printing. Softcover. This multi-contributor volume on mysticism and meaning was edited by and is the brainchild of Alexander Kohav, Second San Francisco Renaissance-compatriot of poet-publisher-impresario Thomas Rain Crowe (the interview subject of TMB's debut publication, "Starting from San Francisco: The Second San Francisco Renaissance and the Baby Beat Generation" [TMB Item #3071, Softcover, & TMB Item #3075, Hardcover]). In SFSF, Crowe writes of Kohav: "Alexandr [sic] Kohav was the discovery and the translation partner of Jack Hirschman. He showed up in San Francisco in 1975, I think. He and Jack began working on translations of various Russian Futurist poets, as well as translating Kohav's poems into English and some of Jack's poems into Russian. From the time that he appeared at the Trieste Caffe that year, he was a constant participant in what we were doing with "Beatitude" (Magazine) and otherwise. He and Jack did joint bilingual readings in venues all over town and in Berkeley--and Alexandr [sic] appeared at various Beatitude-sponsored readings, including the 1st Annual San Francisco Poetry Festival. His poems and translations also appeared in the pages of "Beatitude Magazine." Kohav was a bona-fide Futurist poet from Moscow and in the tradition of Khlebnikov, Burlyuk, Kamensky, and even Mayakovsky and Pasternak. He himself was a "Baby Futurist," so to speak, who had immigrated to the U.S. to be liberated from the confines of censorship in the Soviet Union and to find literary freedom in the free media environment of the U.S. He added a true international flavor if not gene pool to the whole Bay Area scene and Kohav helped influence younger poets like myself to pursue to art of translation in whatever additional languages we were proficient in." (pg. 86). Another item of interest is the blurb on the back of the book from none other than Rick Strassman, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, perhaps most famous for his internationally-celebrated classic of psychedelic literature: "DMT: The Spirit Molecule." Strassman writes: "Equally breathtaking in scope and intellectually demanding, this survey of mysticism is state-of-the-art. Dedicated students and scholars will find selections ranging from poetry to neurophenomenology, semiotics, and philosophy; Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism to Kabbalah, Christianity, ancient Judaism, and ancient Egypt; while including analyses of Heidegger, Derrida, Wittgenstein, Spinoza, and the Greeks; and autobiographical accounts of mystical experience. Not for the intellectually fainthearted!" Enough said! Signed by Alex S. Kohav to Thomas Rain Crowe in red pen ink: "For Thomas Rain Crowe / with very fond memories / much gratitude & for not / letting them go away... / Alexander Kohav / Boulder, CO / Nov. '19." Book in fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear; bump to rightmost fine-edge of back cover; bump-crease to leftmost fine-edge of same. Fine. [Item #3729]

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