THE ICON

The  ICON  is a canon of visionary art and literature, whose roots lie in early 21st century spirituality.
Its volumes are rich with the contents of a diverse tradition, one reaching all the way back to before the Garden Communes.
Its pages immerse us in a distant yet familiar world of folktales and myths, epics and songs, symphonies and liturgies, jokes and proverbs. 
It is a culture's scripture, a message of meaning based in hope, wonder, art, and stewardship.
For more on the text, and our efforts to provide a critical edition of it, see Brendan Graham Dempsey's General Editorial welcome
TO THE READER

VOL. I

GOD

A   t r i l o g y   e p i c   b y   t h e   p o e t   J u l i a n

I. DEATH

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"Julian develops and expands upon an already existing myth—one of the last, one might say, with any currency in his secular times: the death of God. What the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche had once ominously alluded to, Julian chronicles in full color, enlarging the redolent philosophical metaphor to seven whole cantos of mutiny, insurrection, and divine slaughter.

We hear it all from Joel, an angel of Heaven turned co-conspirator, who eventually sides with the modern insurrectionists after seeing his own naïve faith literally crumble before his eyes. Reluctantly, Joel joins the revolution’s leaders: scientist John Faust, and a Congolese refugee known only as ‘Job.’

 

In an epic confrontation between God and Earth, the traditional Christian deity is at last robbed of His power by the world’s doubt, before falling helplessly into the abyss..."

 [from the Introduction by M. M. Greenwood]

Introduction................................................................................c

 

Preface to the First Edition......................................I

Preface to the Second Edition.........................XIX

 

GOD - DEATH.........................................1

 

Appendix 1: Additional Notes.................................................i

Appendix 2: Discussion Questions.......................................xv

Appendix 3: On the Poetics of GOD.................................xvii

Appendix 4: Corpus Julianicus...............................................xxi

Appendix 5: Rite of Cosmic Burial......................................liii

Appendix 6: Mythopoaic Fragments..................................lxiii

 

The Oil & The Lamp: "The Midwife"...............-A-

I       II     III

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SCHOLARLY ARTICLES

Written by leading Iconologists in the academy, these insightful introductions and appendices offer a deeper look into

  • Textual Composition, Transmission, and Reception

  • Author, Genre, Style, Context, etc.

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COMMENTARY

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  • Speculative/Mystical

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