The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre by Marie Lecrivain

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“The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre combines esoteric archetypes, sensual language, and wry humor in a dance between the earthly and the astral, creating an altered space in which, like precious metals, rare truths emerge.” - Deborah Edler Brown 

“Gnomic, luminous and witty, The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre is an unusually unified work based on the author’s experience of self-transformation. Lecrivain masterfully employs the language of alchemy to explore in various poetic forms the evolution of the self and the cosmos. Ablett’s cover illustration paired with Lecrivain’s photographs burnish the lambent text.” - Jan Steckel

“Marie Lecrivain's The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre is a fascinating work. Lecrivain travels through the gates of alchemy to pluck wonders, perfectly polished gems of hard-won wisdom. Some of these pieces are humorous 
and satirical, others remind me of a jam session between Sufi mystic poet Rumi and blues great John Lee Hooker; all gleam with a radiant darkness. This slender collection will appeal to lovers of poetry and seekers of esoteric truth alike. I am highly impressed with Lecrivain's achievement here.” -Alex S. Johnson, author of The Death Jazz and Akashic Shotgun.

“There has always been a broad awareness in alchemy that tended to view the lab work as a metaphor for the subtle body and, more purely, the spirit - hence the natural similarities between alchemy and poetry. And, indeed, alchemical poetry is not new. John Donne used many alchemical and scientific images and references in his work. Although the original object of alchemy was to produce gold from base metals, the discipline was later spiritualized to that of becoming transformed oneself by the processes which were developed in the laboratory for transmuting elements. Like Blake, Lecrivain’s poems use the symbols of alchemy to point to the breaking down of destructive systems and opening the way to transformation to the new age (Solvé et Coagula).” -Author, Gillian Prew

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