In New Green Fool, Alan Cunningham reflects on the fragile truth of his countless identifications and denials, on the often excessively private nature of his positions and, finally, on the consequences of favouring private certainty over the more complicated, relational aspects of ourselves and our sense of being – and being in – a society.
Initially blending quotations from poet Patrick Kavanagh’s work The Green Fool with lyrical reflections on Cunningham's life, the collection eventually starts to draw on a wider range of sources as it progresses and becomes more chaotic and cannibalistic.
The trope Irishness – the "Irish" identity – that Kavanagh utilised in The Green Fool was later discarded by Kavanagh as a "pack of lies". Over the course of thirteen interconnected essays, Cunningham considers the potential for foolishness and self-delusion in setting one's identity – or identities – far too strongly in any direction.
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Inspired by eremitic thought, Sufi poetics + the theory-fiction of Reza Negarestani Year of Dust & Rain engages with an apocalyptic ecological future and attempts some insights for making a way through that from past practical and esoteric encounters with desert landscapes and existence.