WILDLIGHT: POETRY & PROSE FROM INSIDE THE FIRE
three years of blood, sweat, fire, heart, and LIVING have gone into this book, plunging into the wildernesses of love, spirituality, addiction, sex, shamanism, mental health struggles, self-love, and rebirth.
AUDREY DIMOLA releases her third collection of poetry and prose, “WILDLIGHT,” a 258-page alchemical document of reclamation.
March 20, 2018- Spring Equinox. 258 pages, proudly self-published.
NYC PERFORMANCE & RELEASE PARTY:
March 24, 2018 3-5pm at Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell in Astoria [Facebook]
to all those who reclaim their spirits from darkness-
who resolve to protect the body as an altar,
and keep the fire safe-
know there is an energy of resilience
that unites us all.
we may have to fight everyday-
but we never fight alone.
this is a book about reclamation.
about staying close to the fire. trusting in your wildlight.
it is a book about struggles with honesty, with identity. about all-consuming loves- passion, destruction, regeneration. about leaving and returning. about lack of self-love and self-worth. about mental illness and addictions. about the indomitable power of the human spirit. about reasons to live. about what happens when you break away from the life you thought you wanted- to walk into the wild. to be taught in ways only the universe can truly teach you- with blood, with sweat. with grief, and wonder. with fire. with heart.
it is a book about trying and trying and trying again…
crack the spine of this book and the author will know it. this is an alchemical document- rubbed with earth, singed with flame. found curled inside the inmost core of an animal, fanged and feathered. each word a bone picked from an endless desert, blessed with tears and triumph from the road. “WILDLIGHT” was written from 2015 to 2018 by a shamanic poet and journeywoman who is most often likened to wildfire or supernova- this third collection of poetry and prose an act of sacred invocation that will keep howling at you even when its pages are closed.
THE POET IS UNAFRAID TO BECOME FULL WILDERNESS.
VIDEO FROM THE DAY I RELEASED THE BOOK:
THE JOURNEY ON INSTAGRAM: #wildlightbyajd
THE 2015-2018 NOTEBOOKS that went into producing this book: HERE
the LEGEND OF SELF LOVE journey that led to its completion: HERE
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
garuda mudra cover image shot & edited by belinda mims, 2017
front & back cover design by nurgül aşık of idlewild magazine
READ SELECT PIECES FROM “WILDLIGHT“:
+ lazarus was a house on fire (WOMAN)
+ reliquary: the body
+ blue sky
+ peter (i want to be real)
+ this is for you
+ studies in reaching
+ somewhere else
+ two wolves
ABOUT THE POET:
Celebrated for her dynamic presence on stage and on the page, Queens native Audrey Dimola is a shamanic poet, performer, messenger, curator, local arts advocate, community organizer, and lifelong artist. She is also Director of Public Programs at her beloved Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. A crusader for culture in her hometown borough for over a decade, Audrey has been widely recognized for her work in its artistic/literary communities by presenting a unique circuit of events and creative opportunities including Nature of the Muse, Church of the Sacred Body, THE WILD PAPERS, the first ever Queens Literary Town Hall, and How We Create & How We Cope: intersections of art and mental health/mental illness. She is the author of three poetry and prose collections including her latest “WILDLIGHT” (released 3/20/18), has been featured on NY1 TV and Queens Public TV, curated shows for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, the Historic House Trust, and Queens Museum, and performed at venues around NYC including Queens Council on the Arts, Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn Museum, and the NYC Poetry Festival. Audrey speaks at conferences, festivals, and schools from elementary to college; holds and facilitates safe space for ceremony and the arts; and continues to actively perform and curate independently. LIVE YOUR LEGEND!