Goddess CALEB CAIN MARCUS DAMIANI, 2015. $50, 108 PAGES.
The hindi name for the Ganges, the great river of the indian subcontinent, is Ganga, an allusion to the hindu goddess of the
same name whose long, flowing body is thought to commune with the heavens. in Goddess, Caleb Cain Marcus’s new collection of
photographs taken along the shores of the Ganges, the fusion of earth and sky is mediated by the river and its banks of rising fog.
People and natural objects appear in these images, but the waters and their mists seem to suggest some greater drama unfolding
in the distance. whatever spiritual mysteries frame Marcus’s photographs, it’s clear that the artist is after not just documentation of
india and its river culture, but also an exploration of the intangible presence of light and space. — Scott Gast
out the previous episodes of the book. It
would spoil things to give it away, but it
should su;ce to say that the scales fall and
we are witness to the immense dangers of a
single voice in the retelling not only of one’s
life to one’s self, but of one’s perspective on
one’s time and its politics.
With The Wake, Kingsnorth displays an
acute awareness that to tell old tales is also
to reveal how distant and strange our own
times can be, not least because the mind-
worlds for which language functions are
bewilderingly flexible and diverse. It is dif-
ficult to see how he could have achieved
his point anywhere near so e=ectively
without the use of his shadow tongue and,
in this way, Buccmaster’s singular speech
becomes a thought experiment of far-
reaching significance, calling to us now in
our own troubled and indecisive era.
— Melanie Challenger