Masks of Origin

Regression in the Service of Omnipotence

By Brian George

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About the Book

autobiographical, metaphysical, and poetic essays

We are, I believe, as supernatural as we are natural. Our home is the sum-total of all possible realities. When we act, we act both in this world and the next.

Brian George’s debut collection invites the reader on a journey beyond the normal categories of space, time, and narrative structure, and guides them toward a further shore of multidimensional experience. These are “essays” in the sense of attempts or explorations of a subject which is too vast, and too profound, yet also, paradoxically, too familiar to some deepest part of us, to be exhausted by any one expression or approach. As George writes, “The book is not quite a collection of essays, or the fragments of an autobiography, or a record of inter-dimensional journeys, or a work of metaphysics, or a socio-political critique, or an attempt to formulate a contemporary mythology—although it has elements of all of these.” To read Masks of Origin, and re-read it, and live with all it reveals, conceals, and implies, is to risk an unfathomable sanity. As George recursively unravels the contours of his peculiar spiritual landscape, we begin to see aspects of our own world history and mythological pre-existence reflected—as in a psychedelic mirror—in a startling new light. Yet the only drug administered here is the noötropic of poetic language. (You may still wish to avoid operating heavy machinery while under the influence of this book.) With penetrating insight into the soul of post-industrial Americaand a rare ability to invoke transpersonal states of knowing in the reader, and with a metaphysical bravado that any smiling dead surrealist would envy, there is also—how to say this?—a down-to-earthness about George. We come to see him not only as a cosmic traveler and esoteric yogi, but also as a schoolboy, son, rebel, lover, teacher, friend/enemy, husband, and dad—in short, as person with adventurous goals but few pretenses. As we follow George in his probing of his origins, we may find that we have suddenly drawn much closer to our own.

About the Author

Brian George

Brian George is the author of five books of poetry and two books of essays, the first of which, Masks of Origin: Regression in the Service of Omnipotence, is being published by Untimely Books in 2022. Other forthcoming titles include Voyage to a Nonexistent Home; To Akasha: An incantation for the End of History; and The Preexistent Race Descends. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art, an exhibited artist and former art teacher at several Boston area middle schools, a former member of the Boston Visionary Cell, and a former organizer for Evolver Boston. He was a founding member of MAAP SPACE, a multimedia performance series, as well as of the Revolving Arts Salon and the current Cedar Square Arts Salon. He often tells people first discovering his work that his goal is not so much to be read as to be reread, and then lived with.