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  • Walking With Nobby: Conversations With Norman O. Brown (2008 release) by Dale Pendell with Norman Oliver Brown
    Dale Pendell and retired professor Norman Brown, during walks taken along the coast of California, discuss many concepts and characters, including paganism and world religions, Dionysus, Marx, and Freud, presented here as footnoted conversations.

  • Inspired Madness: The Gifts of Burning Man (2006)
    In part a nonfiction discussion of the Burning Man festival, in part a poetic romp through Nevada’s Black Rock desert, Inspired Madness is both an irreverent introduction for those curious about the notorious event and an exhilarating reminiscence for veteran "burners." Loosely structured around a week at Burning Man, the book combines a history of the festival with personal stories and social commentary, juxtaposing images and stories to capture a sense of the wild and unpredictable nature of life on the Playa. Throughout the week, readers are taken on a memorable ride, exploring the festival itself and meeting Owl, an eccentric beatnik and one of the organizers of the Delphic Delirium Camp: Lolo, Jah, Scarlett, and other larger-than-life figures. Interweaving dialogue, anecdotes, and stream-of-consciousness narrative with historical, sociological, and political observation, Inspired Madness evokes the half-waking, half-dreaming quality of the Burning Man experience.

  • Plants, Shamanism, and Poetry: A Pharmakopoeia Reader (1993)

  • Chasing the Cranes (1986) by Dale Pendell and Steve Sanfield

  • Rough Cuts & Kindling (1986)

  • The Gold-Dust Wilderness (Date?)
Pharmako Trilogy
  • Pharmako/Poeia: Plants Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft (1994) -- Winner 1996 Firecracker Alternative Book Award
    "An epic poem on plant humours, an abstruse alchemic treatise, an experiential narrative jigsaw puzzle, a hip and learned wild-nature reference text, a comic paen to cosmic consciousness, an ecological handbook, a dried-herb pastiche, a counterculture encyclopedia of ancient fact and lore." -- Allen Ginsberg

  • Pharmako/Dynamis: Stimulating Plants, Potions and Herbcraft (2002) -- Finalist 2003 Pen Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction
    In Pharmako/Dynamis, Dale Pendell continues his exploration of psychoactive plants begun in Pharmako/Poeia. Pharmacognosy is the study of the composition, production, use, and history of drugs of natural origin. Pendell covers these topics and more in this volume, charting a voyage around the world of plant teachers. Through poetry, chemistry, and a generous sprinkling of arcane lore, Pendell weaves and twists the many threads of tradition into a singularly bewitching brew. Pendell's voyage is a true circumnavigation. It divulges what Gary Synder called "dangerous knowledge" that is a formidable weapon against "even more dangerous ignorance."

  • Pharmako Gnosis: Plant Teachers And The Poison Path (2005)
    Contemporary alchemist Dale Pendell completes his poetic study of botany, chemistry, spirituality, psychology and history in a volume covering the composition and uses of visionary plants. Chapters including "Phantastica," "Hypnotica" and "Telephorica" explore the hallucinogenic plants, the bringers of sleep and the bearers of distance.

    Pharmacognosis is the branch of pharmacology that deals with herbs and unprepared medicines in their natural state, those whose cure is held in a deeper wisdom. Pharmako/Gnosis weaves together ancient shamanic rites, historic cultural lore and the contemporary use of plant poisons.

See also:
  • Visionary Plant Consciousness: The Shamanic Teachings of the Plant World (2007), J. P. Harpignies, ed.
    23 leading experts reveal the ways that psychoactive plants allow nature’s “voice” to speak to humans and what this communication means for our future

    Visionary plants have long served indigenous peoples and their shamans as enhancers of perception, thinking, and healing. These plants can also be important guides to the reality of the natural world and how we can live harmoniously in it.

    In Visionary Plant Consciousness, editor J. P. Harpignies has gathered presentations from the Bioneers annual conference of environmental and social visionaries that explore how plant consciousness affects the human condition. Twenty-three leading ethnobotanists, anthropologists, medical researchers, and cultural and religious figures present their understandings of the nature of psychoactive plants and their significant connection to humans. What they reveal is that these plants may help us access the profound intelligence in nature--the “mind of nature”--that we must learn to understand in order to survive our ecologically destructive way of life.

  • The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry (2005), Andrew Schelling, ed.
    Playful, thoughtful, and important, the 28 poets collected here — including pioneers of the Beat movement, many of whom remain not just relevant but vital to this day — offer innovations on traditional and time-honored Buddhist poetic forms. The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry contains valuable biographical notes and an historical introduction by editor Andrew Schelling. The anthology includes works by: Dale Pendell, Diane di Prima, Eliot Weinberger, Gary Snyder, Jane Hirshfield, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Leslie Scalapino, Michael McClure, Mike O'Connor, Norman Fischer, Philip Whalen, Sam Hamill, and more.

  • Entheogens and the Future of Religion (1997),  Robert Forte, ed.
    Exciting book on the spiritual benefits of the entheogens, especially to our society. Essays by Albert Hofmann, Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin, Dale Pendell, Eric Sterling, Jack Kornfield, R. Gordon Wasson, Rick J. Strassman, Robert Jesse, Terence McKenna, Thomas Riedlinger, and Thomas Roberts.

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