Our Bookseller says:
This tiny packet is a set of instructions for working with the queer dead, but its poetic contents will reworking how you live as well.
- Research obsessively, research frantically, research ecstatically.
- Alter your state of consciousness with drugs, with fasting, with dance, with chant.
Nourishing and honoring the dead is the focus of this little grimoire; living and loving deeply is a greater tribute than any empty eulogy.
- Cleanse with flowers, baths, perfumes.
- Decompose your identity. Open holes through which the other might enter.
Scream, share, support, dance, fuck, oscillate, play, but above all, remember. Let the queer dead live on in your work and on your tongue.
- The greatest vengeance is to live joyously on their behalf. -Terry
A small, powerful set of mythopoetic instructions for working with the queer dead, composed after the overlapping underground worlds of the Bay Area lost thirty-six of their people in the Ghost Ship Fire.
Queer: “strange, peculiar, eccentric.” From the German quer meaning “oblique, perverse, odd,” which in turn comes from the Old High German word for “oblique,” twerh, which is derived from the root terkw-, “to turn, twist, wind,” as in “the labyrinth turns, twists, winds.”
Goetia: “the invocation of daemons or spirits” from the ancient Greek goeteia, “sorcery,” from goes, “sorcerer, wizard,” ultimately derived from goao, “to wail, to cry,” as in mourning or in a funeral rite.