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Residual Synonyms for the Name of God

Authors: Lewis Freedman

Published by Ugly Duckling Presse

ISBN: 9781937027650

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In classical rabbinic literature the unpronounceable name of God produces and sacralizes a host of synonyms around what can’t be said. Residual Synonyms for the Name of God performs the proliferation of language and culture in our late capitalist moment as a residual structure of a religious past. Lewis Freedman has heretically rewritten the work of his ancestors to create an annotated index of this inherited structure, in which our contemporary drive for total finitude profanes the infinite primarily by being indistinguishable from it.

Lewis Freedman is the author of several chapbooks of poetry, including Catfish Po’ Boys, Suffering Exchange Walks With And (both from Minutes Books), and non-symbolic non-symbolic non-symbolic (Same Text). In addition, he has authored several experiments on the form of the book including Solitude: The Complete Games (Troll Thread), a collaboration with Kevin Rydberg that will take several years for your computer to read, and the book within a book, Hold the Blue Orb, Baby (Well-Greased Press) which interleaves notebook facsimiles with poems on the practice of notebooking. His poems have appeared in JubilatEpiphanyCatch-UpTryP-Queue, and 6x6, among many others.

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