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The Posit Trilogy: Preface '14

The Posit Trilogy: Preface '14

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Published by Adam Fieled
This edition of American poet Adam Fieled's "The Posit Trilogy" features a 2014 Preface by Fieled.
This edition of American poet Adam Fieled's "The Posit Trilogy" features a 2014 Preface by Fieled.

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 The Posit Trilogy  Adam Fieled
 
Preface
By 2013, Aughts Philly was very much a memory. Some Center City ports of call had remained more or less the same
 — 
 
the Last Drop, the Bean Café, Dirty Frank’s— 
 but the joie de vivre was all gone, replaced by degradation and a general ambience of anonymity and indifference. The anonymity of the Center City streets was difficult for me to adjust to
 — 
  what ten years before had been teeming with life and adventure, was now reduced to
homogeneity and brutish recessional entropy. Over the early summer of ’13, I became
interested in seeing Manayunk again; the big Aughts Philly hinge to Manayunk had been  Jeremy Eric Tenenbaum, who lived and worked there. Main Street Manayunk had been a hidden gem for us; especially during the spring and summer months. Moreover, Manayunk
 was situated not far from Conshohocken on the Main Line, where I was stationed in ’13. My
summ
er ’13 plan was to find the Main Street Starbucks and stake it out. However, once I
 was on Main Street I discovered a coffeehouse called Volo, which to me was a semi-revelation. Volo had unabashedly been modeled on the Last Drop at 13
th
 and Pine in Center City; its high coffered ceiling and broad wooden countertops, not to mention an indie-rock soundtrack, were the dead giveaways. It also helped that the coffee had an extra, and very
potent, kick. I can’t say I opened myself to the crowd at Volo— 
 some might
’ve been artists,
but all under a miscellaneous aegis
 — 
 but the change of scene, and the coffee, endowed me  with new creative energy.
 Why the idea of extending “Posit,” from ’07, with two “mirror” collections, filtered down to
me I do not know; perhaps it is because a new locale can engender a new mode of
subjectivity, poetic or otherwise; and that’s more or less what I felt at Volo in ’13. I also liked
the idea of vampirism as a subtext of literary productivity making a Teens comeback; if I was a kind of
 vampire at Volo, sucking out the blood of the place’s vibe and half 
-there espirit de corps, it was both a novel context for this contratemps (Manayunk) and a way of remaining playful within the parameters of major high art consonance. Yet, the final two-thirds of this
trilogy are haunted, as the original “Posit” is not, by the loneliness of personal connections
not being made, and of memory, rather than present moments, dictating what complex truths and imaginative vistas need to be opened and then re-opened. In a life devoted intensely to writing, seven years fully lived can be an eternity 
 — 
 
so was my journey from ’06
-
’07 to ’13. Dracula and Dracula’s Bride demonstrate some consistency over that temporal
expanse
 — 
 but the years had delivered me the likes of Courtney, Sara, Natalie, and the rest,  who could only be revealed to me in hindsight; not to mention the unifying premise that interrogation of poetic subjectivity needs to occur perpetually to fulfill a prolonged quest for human truth, aesthetic, deconstructive, or otherwise.
 What I found in ’13 was that “Posit,” as a gestalt poetic form, could resonate and
demonstrate efficacy in repetition with variation; for whatever its worth, Volo and Manayunk opened that space in me. The discovery here, for an artist
 — 
 that places have a charm as much as people do
 — 
 opens up and forces to remain open a kind of wanderlust,  which in a major recession is difficult-to-impossible to satisfy. Not merely places, but architectural spaces
 — 
 Jeremy did, in fact, work for a well-known architect in Manayunk in
the Aughts. As of ’14, I await the arrival of the next interesting space, which might trigger
new convulsions, and thirst for textual blood.  Adam Fieled, 6-14
 
 

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