ACTS OF SPEECH Paperback

The paperback of Acts of Speech is available for purchase. It has been listed automatically on Amazon, but to order from another source (I highly recommend your local independent bookstore), you will have to call the bookstore to express interest — it’s in the main book ordering database that booksellers use, but booksellers need to hear interest in order to stock it. (Perhaps that’s also how to get it into Bookshop.org?)

Acts of Speech explores performative, public, and private religious speech and how they construct identity and difference. It blends praise poetry primarily in honor of various Hellenic Gods, including Apollon, the Mousai, Hermes, and Mnemosyne, with more private poems in a tense dance of parasociality and intimacy. Above all, it is a time capsule of experiences frozen in syllable, verse, and image.

Part I is performative (with a lot of poems that are likely recitation-appropriate for personal prayers), Part II is an agora of ideas for all of us to ponder, and Part III is personal stuff and religious identity sensemaking. Enjoy!

Here are the ebook links again. Remember to use Gumroad if you need an Amazon-compatible book; Acts of Speech cannot be sold in the Amazon store as an ebook because it contains >5% reprinted content from my religious blog, primarily things in Part I, and some items that I have previously had published in online lit mag venues.

GUMROAD (no DRM): https://gumroad.com/kayeboesme#otBJHM

Ebook Stores: https://books2read.com/b/mdlBaE

Here is the Table of Contents:

Part I

A Prayer for Beginnings …… 2
Mississippi Apollo …… 3
To the Mousai at Taughannock Falls …… 5
To Nyx …… 6
Iron-Maker …… 8
Pandora: An Afterthought …… 10
Kore and Plouton …… 12
To Hygeia …… 13
To Asklepios …… 14
To Asklepios II …… 16
The Birth of the Erinyes …… 18
To Ge …… 20
The Suppliant …… 21
For Apollon’s Circle …… 23
A Prayer for Rough Seas and Stalled Projects …… 25
For the Mousai …… 27
– I. Ourania. …… 27
– II. Erato …… 28
– III. Kleio …… 28
– IV. Melpomene …… 29
– V. Terpsikhore …… 30
– VI. Polymnia …… 32
– VII. Euterpe …… 33
– VIII. Thalia …… 33
– IX. Kalliope …… 34
To Apollon Moiragetes …… 36
To the Erinyes, Who Remember All …… 37
To Mnemosyne …… 38
Hera …… 40
Erinyes …… 41
To Eris …… 43
To Horkos …… 45
To Hermes …… 46
CDM …… 47
To Hermes …… 49
A Prayer for Endings …… 51

Part II

A Daily Prayer …… 55
For Dionysos …… 56
For Apollon …… 57
To Zeus Who Releases the Rain …… 58
Exacters of Justice …… 59
Five Poems for Athene …… 60
– I. To Athene …… 60
– II. Thoughts on Deacy’s Athena …… 61
– III. Three …… 62
– IV. To the Foresightful, Inventive One …… 63
– V. To Athene Mekhanitis …… 64
Nineday …… 67
The Names of Gods …… 69
Ge Adorns the Suns with Rings …… 71
For Mnemosyne …… 72
For Cosmic Artemis …… 74
For Apollon Without Measure …… 76
Mirror …… 77
Light-Scattered Fire Upon Us …… 80
To Apollon of the Steep Cliffs …… 82
Plasma Veils …… 84
What Images We Make …… 85
For Mnemosyne The Wayfinder …… 86
To Rule: A Meditation on the Choice of Paris …… 88
Reflections as the World Falls Apart …… 89
△ …… 91
To the Horai …… 93
Ephemerality — Justice — Love …… 95
– I. Ephemerality …… 95
– II. Justice …… 95
– III. Love …… 96
Online Agorae …… 98
Concord, Faith, Harmony …… 100

Part III

Acts of Speech …… 105
Like Cassandra …… 106
The Cosmos — Void — Night — Radiance …… 107
– I. The Cosmos …… 107
– II. Void …… 108
– III. Night …… 109
– IV. Radiance …… 110
Like a Knife’s Edge …… 112
Solstice Dawn …… 114
Hello, Iris …… 115
A Catalog of Doubts …… 117
On a Bench in College …… 119
Hermes, Giver of Joy …… 120
To Keep the Lantern Burning (Reliance) …… 121
A Gift of Ink and Water …… 123
Mousai …… 126
Rediscovery …… 127
Fragments with No Homes …… 128
Julian’s Ghost …… 130
Inspiraling …… 133
Eumenideia …… 134
To Womanly Herakles …… 135
On Mysteries and Bonds …… 138
Enthrallment …… 139
House of Ink …… 141
On Thargelia …… 142
Suspension …… 144