A lyrical concept album for the teenagers of this world.
How can a man ever recreate the sensations of his youth? By returning to the lyrics he wrote for the punk rock bands he played in throughout high school, Israfel Sivad reawakens the sensations of rebellion latent in all of us. He weaves the words he wrote for four different bands together into one poetic tapestry that displays the politics and emotions of teenage vigor. Today, the phrasing itself must convey the violence and the passion of the dancing and stage dives that once upon a time accompanied these lines. Without music behind them, the words themselves stand alone, outside by themselves… The same as the young man who wrote them felt he did.
Christian Michael Anderson hasn’t been doing so well lately.He’s out of work, out of money, and out of alcohol.But what’s most important to him right now is he appears to have misplaced his last little dime bag of cheap weed.But when he loops a stolen rope through the exposed rafters in his ceiling, steps up on a chair, and places that noose around his neck: his adventure has only begun.
A dissertation performed in the style of “mythological realism”.
The 11 stories and 2 essays of “Psychedelicizations” enter the mind of the writer in an attempt to meld themselves with the mind of their readers.Using a wide array of techniques (ranging everywhere from the academic essay to an email format), Israfel Sivad is finally trying to communicate as simply and succinctly as he can.It’s just that… what he has to say is neither simple nor succinct.By playing upon the range of meanings (from etymological to pop-cultural) in the collection’s title, the author is asking you: Is it time for your soul to be “psychedelicized”?
Poems to resonate with and awaken the gods of the future.
Originally conceived as poems to include in his collection “Indigo Glow”, Israfel Sivad’s “Recipe for a Future Theogeny” soon took on a life all its own.Realizing (upon his return to New York City from Santa Fe, NM) that his outlook on existence and art was morphing yet again, the artist eventually separated this collection from the poems in his earlier collection.Maturing still more as an artist and a thinker, these poems convey precisely what the collection’s title suggests: the morphology for a world of future divinities.
A poetic manifesto for the new world’s next generation.
Based upon the new age myth of the “indigo” aura and the stories of those who bear that aura being newly incarnated in this world – from an unknown realm – with the sole purpose of illuminating this plane of existence, “Indigo Glow” shines through with the sensations of its namesake.Skirting the borders of reality in an attempt to illustrate the poet’s exotic feelings, it is a wealth of mythological symbolism and a beautiful vision of unknown existences.Perhaps, by its end, the indigo auras will have completed their task here and will be prepared to leave this world to their mythological counterparts: “the crystal children”.
Written during the height of the wars and conspiracy theories of the first decade of the 21st century, “The American Apocalypse” is Israfel Sivad’s attempt to reconcile our experiences with our beliefs.A collection of short stories, many of which interweave with one another through character and plot, “The American Apocalypse” defies classification.It is an attempt to break the subjective bonds of reality and, by means of schizo-analysis, to liberate you from the tyranny of yourself.
A dark blue love story coloring the crossroads of the world.
Andrew, Charlie, and Michelle have known each other since high school. And it’s no secret, at least to Charlie, that Andrew’s love for Michelle is the main reason his friend wound up in New York City. But on September 11, 2001, as the Twin Towers collapse rattles the entire City’s very foundations… everything changes.
Come live inside the life and mind of 24 year old writer Andrew Christian for six months and six days – from 09/07/2001 until 03/13/2002. If “Crossroads Blues” were a painting, it would be a surreal, iron crucifixion scene set atop an urban Golgotha. If “Crossroads Blues” were a symphony, it would be five movements of feedback and white noise. If “Crossroads Blues” were a dance, it would be a murder/suicide. Come down to the crossroads, fall down upon your knees, ask the Lord above, “have mercy, save me, if you please…”
A poetic journey through the rings of good and evil in order to rediscover the tree of life.
During the months following 9/11/2001, while strolling the streets of Manhattan and living on unemployment in Brooklyn, Israfel Sivad completed these poems.They were his attempt to try to make sense out of what was happening to his beloved city, and they were his attempt to quell the emotions that he felt ripping himself apart inside.Immersing himself in Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and the Wu-Tang Clan, in those days, Israfel Sivad completely redefined himself as an artist.He used the world around him for inspiration… even basing his line breaks off of the way he saw language used in ads on the subway.Having been written upon the theory that poetry was primarily a spoken (rather than a written) art form, ten years later, this same collection became the jumping off point for Ursprung Collective, a spoken word/music project founded by Israfel Sivad and the composer: gn0m0n.
A full-immersion baptism in the waters of the freeways of life.
In an attempt to shatter the placid façade that artists so often seem to feel they must present, Israfel Sivad delves into the nooks and crannies of human psychology to create these stories.These tales are told at the breakneck speed of classic punk rock.Here, Israfel Sivad writes with ferocity and compassion about the darker sagas of the human soul.This is the world we have inherited and this is the world that we will, unfortunately, pass on to others.
These 12 stories of American children and teenagers interweave symbolically to form a vision of artistic realities that the characters would never imagine they were living.Amid this origin of what the author calls “mythological realism”, a minimalist writing style emerges to subtly convey concepts of mythological import.The question is: Do you have the keys to untangle Israfel Sivad’s riddles?
In this earliest of Israfel Sivad’s collections of stories, the author lays the intellectual and artistic foundation for all he has done since.Functioning off of the theory that art should “explode” reality, Israfel Sivad set out to capture a surreal interpretation of the world he experienced.These stories begin in the real world, but they often leave it for an imagination that has the ability to see the reality lurking behind reality.
Early poems of a young man contemplating the weight of the world thrust upon his shoulders.
With these poems, Israfel Sivad began his exploration into the variations of poetic form.He drew upon the inspiration of the masters of British and American poetry in order to begin his journey.By starting from the roots of Shakespeare, Donne, Poe, and Whitman, he developed a style appropriate for the postmodern breakdown of structures.Thus, beginning with the simplest of schemata, he found “a form for truth that frees its beauty.”