Written over the course of twenty days, coming in and out of trance states brought on by intermittent fasting and somatic rituals while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, Ascend Ascend is Janaka Stucky’s most powerful book to date.
“Part lyrical narrative, part bluesy riff, part schoolyard chant and part holy incantation, the book is an unflinching investigation of otherness and a dead-sexy exploration of the intersection of identity and desire. Above all it is a witty and audacious rejoinder to literary history and its systematic suppression of female voices. Especially black female voices.” - The New York Times
The third publication in Third Man Books’ limited edition chapbook series. Phillips’s collection features three speculative fiction stories spanning Jesus as a professional wrestler, the romance between a woman and her creek, and conversations between Death, the ghosts of St. Francis of Assisi, William Faulkner, and Willam Gay.