Plant Teachers and the Poison Path
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FROM THE EROWID REVIEW #
- Review by Erik Davis, 2011 Jan 12
By the time the poet, plant alchemist, and sometimes computer programmer Dale Pendell published his mammoth three-volume Pharmako trilogy this last decade, the world had seen at least a century of texts attempting to squeeze spiritual insight and religious correlates out of psychoactive experience. Pendell, however, managed to write a work of erudition and imagination that was not only strikingly original, but also wise. Whipper-snappers would do well to study the content of these great books, along with their form--a patchwork of citations and lore and lyric flights that express the multidimensional quality of psychoactives themselves.. . . (more)
- Review by Faustroll, 2006 Sep 21
The California-based poet and herbalist Dale Pendell has made the place of plant knowledge his home. In three volumes-- Pharmako/Poeia (1994), Pharmako/Dynamis (2002), and now Pharmako/Gnosis (2005)--he has covered the gamut from the stimulants to the sedatives, and with his latest has given us an extensive treatment of the hallucinogens.. . . (more)
BACK COVER #The long-awaited finale to the Pharmako Trilogy: Pharmako/Poeia (Firecracker Award Winner) & Pharmako/Dynamis (Pen/USA Award Finalist)
BLURBS #"The Poet of Plants... Pendell may be America's answer to Blake, Coleridge and Wordsworth..."
-- Emily Green, Los Angeles Times
-- Dr. Alexander T. Shulgin
"A beat alchemist working textual DJ decks."
-- Erik Davis, Bookforum