I found this book very interesting. The poem and illustrations were not what I was expecting but am glad I got the chance to read it. Readers should keep in mind that some of the illustrations are NSFW and may want to be mindful of those around them.
According to the Order of Nature (We too are Cosmos Made) by Stephen Mead
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 24, 2016)
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"According to the Order of Nature (We Too Are Cosmos Made") is a mixed media series of paintings and montages begun in late 2009 and completed by New Years 2014. The title refers to all of the laws which weigh against LGBT individuals globally, only this project reverses the persecution, exploring LGBT sensuality for its spiritual roots and profound bonding, more so when people risk their lives in order to have and to hold love. While specific pieces present graphic erotic gay sexuality, by incorporating organic matter such as moss, hair, leaves, spices, rose petals etc., they go beyond the realm of titillation for the viewer to celebrate (or be challenged by) the validation of earth-centered sensuality. Juxtaposed with the larger mixed media series are small 8" x 10" images depicting outlines of the naked male form in traditional yoga poses. These independent paintings are then merged with various star, earth, and weather pattern imagery to create the sense that, looking at the night sky, a person may connect the dots, draw pictures in the clouds, and find not just Orion or The Big Dipper, but an innate sensual energy directly connected to the heavens. I envision the combination of all these images, as being exhibited on one wall, the text which eventually evolved from them forming underneath letter by letter: forest green on rose marble.
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