by Alex Andor Skanavis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/12/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 96
ISBN : 9781490762159
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 96
ISBN : 9781490762142

About the Book

Galaxia begins conceptually where Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series ends. (“Will we have time to form Galaxia?”) Confronted with the task of expanding the last garden on a future war-ravaged Earth, Kreon and his tribe receive assistance in the form of silent, underground allies: the mycelial (mushroom) kingdom. They soon discover these organisms are more than simply catalysts of plant-life, but also trans-galactic portals of intelligence. Composed with poetic style combining the visionary inspirations and wordplays of William Blake, Emily Dickinson & James Joyce, Galaxia is a modern odyssey of ecology, mycology, history and art on a mass-historic scale...a futuristic, yet classical-in style poem venturing forth from science into transcendental science fiction as the mushroom’s ability to convey a universal connection with all plants, life and the universe steadily builds, culminating with a double-helix-shaped sonnet sequence that reflects the symbiotic evolutionary leap we face now. Onwards... to Galaxia!

About the Author

Alex Andor Skanavis is a Wisconsin-based poet heavily inspired by twentieth-century naturalist philosophers Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg, whose words became an ideal medium for imparting the exuberance of nature and ecology. Finding that the Divine Comedy Trilogy by Italian poet Dante could use an update as a naturalism manifesto (using the fluctuating conditions of Earth’s ecology as the analogy for heaven and hell), he completed his first book Gaia in 2012, now succeeded by the heavenly realms of Galaxia. Alex graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with an English degree for creative writing in 2013.