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Walking With Nobby: Conversations With Norman O. Brown (2008 release) by Dale Pendell with Norman Oliver Brown
and retired professor Norman Brown, during walks taken along the coast of
California, discuss many concepts and characters, including
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
Plants, Shamanism, and Poetry: A Pharmakopoeia Reader
Chasing the Cranes (1986) by
Dale Pendell and Steve Sanfield
Rough Cuts & Kindling (1986)
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." --
Pharmako/Dynamis: Stimulating Plants, Potions and Herbcraft (2002) --
Finalist 2003 Pen Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction
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."
- 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.
Pharmako Gnosis: Plant Teachers And The Poison Path (2005)
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.
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
Presents the specific “human-plant interconnection”
revealed by visionary plants
Explores the relevance of plant-induced visions and
shamanic teachings to humanity’s environmental crisis
With contributions from
Alex Grey, Andrew Weil,
Charles S. Grob,
Dennis McKenna, Edison Saraiva,
M.D., Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D.,
Florencio Siquera de Caralho,
Francis Huxley, Jeffrey Bronfman,
Kat Harrison, Katsi Cook,
Luis Eduardo Luna, Ph.D.,
Heart Williams, Michael Pollan,
Michael Stewartt, Paul Stamets,
and Wade Davis.
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,
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
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,
Riedlinger, and Thomas Roberts.
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