Episode 65: Touched by that Fire: On Visionary Literature, with B. W. Powe

Weird Studies

Feb 5 2020 • 1 hr 19 mins


B. W. Powe is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist and professor at York University, in Toronto. His work, though it covers an immense range of topics from politics and poetics to magic and technology, proceeds from a mystical apprehension of the universe as the locus of magical operations, the site of experiments in cosmic becoming. In his various books and essays, Powe continues a uniquely Canadian form of the visionary tradition whose luminaries include his former teachers Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye. In this episode, he joins JF and Phil for an exploration of the meaning, potency, and danger of the visionary in art and literature. Header image: Detail of "Green Color" by Gausanchennai (Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Green_color.jpg)). REFERENCES B. W. Powe's website (https://bwpowe.net) B. W. Powe, [The Charge in the Global Membrane](https://www.amazon.com/Charge-Global-Membrane-B-Powe/dp/0997502185/ref=cmcrarpdproducttop?ie=UTF8)_ B. W. Powe, [Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy](https://www.amazon.com/Marshall-McLuhan-Northrop-Frye-Apocalypse/dp/1442616164/ref=tmmpapswatch0?encoding=UTF8&qid=1580849056&sr=1-1) Frank Lentricchia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lentricchia), "Last Will and Testament of an Ex-Literary Critic" Lorca's concept of duende Hildegard of Bingen's concept of viriditas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viriditas) Gilles Deleuze, [Cinema II](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema2:TheTime-Image)_ Ernest Hemingway, [The Old Man and the Sea](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheOldManandtheSea)_ Marshall McLuhan, [Understanding Media](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UnderstandingMedia)_ Marshall McLuhan, [The Gutenberg Galaxy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheGutenbergGalaxy) Marshall McLuhan, "Notes on William Burroughs" Phil Ford, Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture (https://www.amazon.com/Dig-Sound-Music-Hip-Culture-ebook/dp/B00DPJ6RE6) John Clellon Holmes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Clellon_Holmes), beatnik Northrop Frye (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_Frye), Canadian literary critic Hildegard von Bingen, Ordo Virtutum (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUMlhtoGTzY) Joni Mitchell, "Woodstock" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRjQCvfcXn0) Genesis 32, Jacob and the Angel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_wrestling_with_the_angel) R. D. Laing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._D._Laing), Scottish psychologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, [The Phenomenon of Man](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThePhenomenonofMan)_ William James, [The Varieties of Religious Experience](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheVarietiesofReligiousExperience) Sylvia Plath, "Lady Lazarus" (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/49000/lady-lazarus) Sylvia Plath, "Daddy" (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48999/daddy-56d22aafa45b2) Jack Kerouac (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kerouac), American writer Allen Ginsberg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Ginsberg), American poet Lionel Snell (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Snell), British philosopher and magician Special Guest: B. W. Powe.