Angkor Wat: poetry and photography

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In 1963, Allen Ginsberg traveled to Cambodia and visited the ancient Khmer temples. He wrote "Angkor Wat," an eponymous poem about the temple complex. It was a very different time: pre-Vietnam War, pre-Khmer Rouge, and before the bustling tourism trade that is now the lifeblood of Siem Reap. Yet the Angkor temples themselves remain a unique source of inspiration for poets and photographers who travel there from all over the world.


Over half a century later, Angkor Wat by luke kurtis is both the artist's homage to Ginsberg's text as well a celebration of his own pilgrimages to the ancient city. Published in 1968, Ginsberg's Angkor Wat book was a single long poem accompanied by photographs by Alexandra Lawrence. kurtis's book is a suite of poems paired with his original photography. Chronicling the poet's own travels where he explored mythical stories and experienced mystical visions, kurtis's poems take you on a tour of Angkor Wat (and beyond) unlike any other and tell the story of one American poet deepening his Buddhist spirituality.

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luke kurtis is a Georgia-born interdisciplinary artist focusing on the intersection of photography, writing, and design. He has exhibited work in galleries and alternative spaces around the country, including solo exhibitions at New York Public Library and Massillon Museum. Select books include INTERSECTIONThe Language of History, and Angkor Wat, all part of an ongoing series that combines photography, writing, and design. His albums of experimental music include obscure mechanics and electronic quartets. He also makes short films, including the woods are watching and convergence, both documenting his installation art projects of the same names. His studio, bd-studios.com, publishes work both by himself and other artists and writers, and he is the co-founder of New Lit Salon Press. He lives and works in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Visit luke at http://bd-studios.com.

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bd-studios.com
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Published on
Aug 4, 2017
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Pages
236
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ISBN
9780989026680
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Language
English
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Genres
Photography / Individual Photographers / Artists' Books
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Regional
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Inspirational & Religious
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Places
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