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- File Size: 1200 KB
- Print Length: 68 pages
- Publisher: Lulu.com (29 Nov. 2017)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0788WDT7T
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,394,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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religions that we can only live life by facing death. The author came close to death from AIDS in the 1990s and this experience gives authority to what he writes. The book is a paean of love and liberation, and quotes the great queer gurus such as Walt Whitman, Edward Carpenter, and Harry Hay, intermingled with Shokti Lovestar’s own rhapsodic rap. The book is a wonderful celebration of the often obscured open secret of queer liberation
Lovestar has learned the interconnectedness of love and death, the mortal and the immortal from his own investigations of those expanses, especially during his redemptive battle with HIV and AIDS. The poems consider the relationship between capitalism and ill health and offer a loving and less acquisitive alternative. Queer people especially are figured as the natural gateway into a more enlightened presence, as way pointers, threshold bridgers and space-holders.
While the book is earnest and appropriative and of its generation, it nonetheless speaks to now to counter the assimilation of all that was queer into the normative and isolating oblivion of individualism and self-identity. And, while doing all that, it’s an upbeat, bouncy rollick.
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Like shamans of old were personally challenged by disease, hardship, self-imposed austerity and discipline, Shokti Lovestar (Mark Whiting) was driven to understand what was happening to him and how he could learn to think about it differently. AIDS calls out for spiritual explanation. And here, in brief, it is.
Shokti Lovestar has survived and thrived. He writes wonderful blogs on the internet.
AIDS Shaman is a little book of poetry and poetic prose espousing an awakened vision of gay/queer consciousness as a healing tool provided to the world by Greater Consciousness. In addition to his own poetic writing, Lovestar includes quotes from some of the luminaries of the gay spirituality movement: Andrew Ramer, Allan Ginsberg, Edward Carpenter, Walt Whitman. A central concept of his vision is that there is a reason for gay men being created by evolution. We carry on an ancient tradition. And our collective past is filled with insightful visionaries -- and we can be one of them too today.