Telos and Other Psychographs
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Telos And Other Psychographs: Unfiltered Transmissions
About The Complexities Of Modern Humanity For The Curious And Courageous
Issaquah, WA (Fall, 2016) —Euphrates Moss, a young philosopher and poet, offers a diverse collection of transformative poems, short play-like dialogues, and essays in his first book, Telos and Other Psychographs. Written from varied perspectives using a combination of classic, modern and unique literary styles, the psychographs, or “transmissions” as he calls them, Moss explores complex feelings, personas and societal issues.
It seems brave to me to work with a limited palette as Van Gogh did, or Emily Dickinson, but I can’t be satisfied that way. It seems I need access to as many colors, as many words, as many styles as possible.
Some of the psychographs address the strength and vulnerability of women, with one written as if penned by a woman. Others portray thoughts on suicide or religion. Another vividly depicts the inner turmoil of gender confusion, as expressed through rap-derived poetry.
“Ideally, my readers are young adults who like literature and poetry and know a little about it, or who want to know more by taking a courageous dive into what can be graphic, beautiful, or disturbing depictions of different lifestyles, philosophies and environmental influences,” said Moss. “Perhaps these poems could be portals to discovery. That’s how T.S. Eliot turned me on to a lot of things. Ditto Joyce.”
Moss’s real name is Benjamin Hobbs, and he has lived in Issaquah, Washington for most of his life. Hobbs holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from Seattle University. In several of the pieces, Moss addresses or refers to Hobbs—a technique the young writer used to make the creative process more objective.
“I started writing Telos as an account of a nervous breakdown I suffered at age 22. It evolved from there to now, through a process of weaving words together that reflect and refract the layered tapestries of life—the color, the humor, the depression, the moments of thought about our collective history, and my personal philosophies,” said Moss. “Telos is a Greek term meaning ‘end’ or ‘goal.’ It’s the title of the main poem in the book because the book itself is the end of a long journey for me.”
Moss describes the narratives in Telos as a merger of what he has gleaned from studying great philosopher’s and poets with abandon from a young age, his experiences with mental illness and his societal observations.
Ulterior ends, false teloses, no regard for process
No road behind from which you’ve taken
No beginning, no middle,
No way to the city of gold, silver, and bronze
No speech to speak, be it for or against
Telos and Other Psychographs (ISBN: 978-0-9976822-1-2, softbound; $19.95 US; ISBN 978-0-9976822-0-5, hardcover; $29.95 US; ISBN 978-0-9976822-2-9, ebook; $5.95 US) is 256 pages and will be available under riverrun Quark on this website, Amazon.com, and BN.com (Nook only) on May 2nd 2017. Follow and connect with Euphrates Moss on Facebook (/Euphratean) or Twitter @Euphratean.
But speaking references, this book pulls from Shakespeare, James Joyce, Dante, Ovid, Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Milton, and about as many offshoots of those as my slow reading could facilitate. There are discussions on Miles and Mingus, pre-Plato philosophy, logical science (which the ancient Greeks never mastered), and the nuances of Shakespearean drama as opposed to today’s. But that’s just for English literature affiliated rubberneckers.
The last major element to this book of poems is the deeply autobiographical element, the which I set amongst everything else. I am, after all, of the school of thought that all writing is autobiographical and as Walt Whitman said even the things you omit will shine out in the end. These turns are decidedly more tragic in their leanings as I have done some fairly tragic things. I’m not proud of them. They simply are parts of the patchwork quilt that makes me who I am today. I hope that you enjoy reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it. It was produced in a decade of insecurity and late-blooming, but it’s one of the few things of which I can truly be proud. Buy. Read. Enjoy.