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Transference Ritual

Available now for your reading pleasure is a short concrete poetic prequel to the Josephine Marlin: Origins novel due out this Christmas. You can either purchase Transference Ritual or you will find somewhere on the page a link to sign up to my newsletter and get it for free.

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This Transference Ritual PDF Book is the prequel for the upcoming novel, Origins (Xmas 2018), in the Josephine Marlin and The Alternatives, Fields of Elysian series. The series is and urban fantasy based on Greek mythology.

Josephine Marlin and The Alternatives: Book One: A Friend in Need (Fields of Elysian 1) is available through Amazon Kindle.

The Story

Using ten abstract prose poems (Lye 2008), based on Greek mythology, I have created a piece of art titled Transference Ritual. Each poem has been composed in the form of an esoteric ritual to accompany the, Josephine Marlin: Origins novel due out this Christmas. It uses a mixture of metaphors and similes (Whitworth 2010), with Greek mythology to describe how the gods, if they had existed, might have communicated with each other.

The focus of the Book is to shine a light on the myths of the Greek gods within the context of the fantasy genre used in the novel. It contains elements of the supernatural and paranormal with each prose poem being, ‘daringly experimental by borrowing the layered narrative techniques of Laurence Sterne’ (Mullan 2018).

The Book is a series of poems that leads to the creation of a mystical character known as the Bearer. From a first person point of view (Burroway 2007, p. 56), I have used the creation of the universe as a birth metaphor (TEDx Talks 2015) to describe the emergence of that character into my fantasy world. Visual esoteric, metaphysical and abstract imagery has been used to add sensory perceptions and insights into the book for a more tactile experience (Batema 2017).

The Transference Ritual is an esoteric transformational journey that uses the ‘visionary fiction’ (Turner 2018) genre to relate the story of creation, based around Greek mythological and metaphysical themes. Visionary fiction is a fairly new genre that ‘embeds esoteric wisdom and paranormal experiences into a story’ (Turner 2018), setting it apart from the more general genre of ‘urban fantasy’ (Penn 2013).

Each poem is set in the urban environment of a fantasy world to ensure that real-world elements seamlessly mesh with that world. Supernatural elements have been incorporated to create rituals that explore the main creation theme of the book. Each poem allows the reader to ‘willingly suspend their disbelief’ (Murray 2013, p. 468). Each poem has ‘supernatural or magical elements set in a contemporary, real-world, urban setting’ (Hill 2018).

The Transference Ritual is a story told through verse using a heuristic approach (Tiryakian 1972, p. 498 ). McLoughlin cites Douglass and Moustakas in defining the heuristic methodology as being, ‘the search for the discovery of meaning and essence in significant human experience’ (McLoughlin 2013). There is no certainty about the true fantasy story behind each poem, with some poetry in this book being deliberately ambiguous and defying formulaic description (Riedinger 2004, p. 30). Supernatural elements have been used to encourage the reader to think about each separate item, and what the book is describing (Newland 2013), with every poem ultimately leading to the creation of a new being. Each poem has its own theme and discuss different gods and their abilities.

Using prose verse, some with several layers to them, I have succeeded in the having Transference Ritual stand by itself as part of, and separate from, the plot outline of the main novel, Origins.

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