003 As Far As I Can Tell / Joshua Alan Sturgill / May 2018
“In the Orthodox Christian tradition, great emphasis is placed on the idea of Personhood, on Meeting. Crashing against God, embracing Nature, suffering hatred, being stunned by love or indifference—these encounters are frightening. But they are Personal. If we are merely studying from a safe distance, if we habitually move faster than the pace of our hearts, if we prefer entertainment to engagement, then we will never be persons and we will never be poets.”
From the Poet’s Afterword
Darkly Bright Press humbly submits As Far As I Can Tell, the first volume of poetry by emerging author Joshua Alan Sturgill. In its pages, we find those qualities which most inspire our mission: Literature which seeks the ecstatic and transcendent.
Poetry is rarely considered in our culture and seems mostly reserved for the concluding jingle of a television commercial. But consumerism is only one of those falsities which is stripped away in As Far As I Can Tell. Fundamentally, these pieces are relational: personal yet universal… human but cosmic… alive in both chronos and kairos… a conversation between poet and reader… between speaker and hearer. The result is a beautiful vision – one which is out of sync with our times, but is the cure for its diseases.
This is a book for those who love poetry and for those who do not yet know they love poetry.
As Far As I Can Tell will be available in a softcover, perfect-bound edition. Additionally, a one-time limited hardback edition of 10 copies will be offered hand-numbered and signed. Each version includes original art by the poet.
*All Poetry and Artwork copyright 2017 by Joshua Alan Sturgill. All rights reserved.
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