practical mysticism

Kameryn Alexa Carter
(fixations and fascinations)
Created 23 Jul 2021
  • fear.
    22 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    What is fear of the supernatural? It isn’t a fear of the unnatural, but the terrifying experience of facing something that looks just like us and might kill us, or steal our souls, or take root in our...
  • lapis lazuli comes from its rocks and its dust contains nuggets of gold
    23 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Last summer I was deeply engrossed in writing a series of little sketches I was calling “scores.” I was writing to music and thinking about poetry as accompaniment to music. Later they became part of ...
  • champagne def poetry jam
    11 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    Drake is tripping over this beat y’all. I’m trying to give “Champagne Poetry” another chance because, well, if there are any two nouns that describe me. But I need him to learn how to rock with it, to...
  • express your love my love
    04 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    This morning the Spotify algorithm gifted me with “Cry Love”, a 1972 EP by a group called The Sweet & Innocent. It’s about 13 minutes long in total—four tracks. It’s a perfect EP front to back for me....
  • cover to cover
    27 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    I say a lot that the cover song is assemblage, interpolation. It’s an aural communion between the living and the dead, or the living and the living, or the living and the dead and the dead. The cover ...
  • dig the groove, make you move
    18 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    It is obvious that we live in a culture of obsessive brevity. The pace of the world is whiplash fast— each day races by before I can even catch my breath. Well, capitalism. I want to slow down. I want...
  • a rare, rare fiddle
    18 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    I have a thing about Penguin Modern Classics. They are the perfect shape and size for my purse, and boy am I a sucker for Century Gothic. So when I came across one called Bliss by Katherine Mansfield ...
  • truly, madly
    15 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    There’s a painting by Remedios Varo1 that I covet called “Mujer saliendo del psicoanalista.” In it, the id, the ego, the superego all converge and dissociate at once—the subject(s) holding her soul as...
  • cause and affect
    10 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    One of my favorite perks of working retail was the incessant repetition of the same soundtrack on a loop such that one feels they are being lightly tortured. The bookstore’s soundtrack was admittedly ...
  • the symphony begins in the depths
    03 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    A while ago the lit twitter Discourse prompted me to say grumpily to my phone: “If I read the word ‘autofiction’ one more ‘gain.” I didn’t care about the article that prompted said Discourse just as I...
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