The Tennessee Highway Death Chant by Keegan Jennings GoodmanThe Tennessee Highway Death Chant by Keegan Jennings Goodman

The Tennessee Highway Death Chant

byKeegan Jennings Goodman

Paperback | August 19, 2016

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In a purgatory at the banks of the Hiwasee River in southeastern Tennessee, two teenagers - the garrulous John Stone and the young Jenny Evenene - barrel through an endless night in a Firebird Trans Am. Jenny wakes each morning, the same morning, and chronicles the events of her final day, her memory reaching back into the recesses of mythical time, recollecting cosmogonies, eschatologies, and metamorphoses that mingle with the details of her violent end. As the two heroes drive through the night, drinking cold American beer and listening to the soothing tunes of the country music station, the dramatis personae of the process of decomposition encroach upon them from the darkness beyond the headlights: the turkey vultures that soar above them, baited by decaying corpses, are at once the successors of the sacred buzzard whose talons first massaged the earth into being and the double of the screaming chicken emblazoned on the hood of the Firebird, which is itself at once the illustrious automobile of teenage dreams, vehicle of transmigrating souls, and ancient phoenix, millennial sigil of the sun, of biochemical resurrections, and Heraclitean thunderbolt who steers all things. In a purgatory at the banks of the Hiwasee River in southeastern Tennessee, two teenagers - the garrulous John Stone and the young Jenny Evenene - barrel through an endless night in a Firebird Trans Am. Jenny wakes each morning, the same morning, and chronicles the events of her final day, her memory reaching back into the recesses of mythical time, recollecting cosmogonies, eschatologies, and metamorphoses that mingle with the details of her violent end. As the two heroes drive through the night, drinking cold American beer and listening to the soothing tunes of the country music station, the dramatis personae of the process of decomposition encroach upon them from the darkness beyond the headlights: the turkey vultures that soar above them, baited by decaying corpses, are at once the successors of the sacred buzzard whose talons first massaged the earth into being and the double of the screaming chicken emblazoned on the hood of the Firebird, which is itself at once the illustrious automobile of teenage dreams, vehicle of transmigrating souls, and ancient phoenix, millennial sigil of the sun, of biochemical resurrections, and Heraclitean thunderbolt who steers all things.
Keegan Jennings Goodman grew up in the Ozark Mountains, went to college in New York, then art school in Chicago, and now lives in Toronto, where he is working on a dissertation about the French philosopher Georges Bataille. Though reclusive, he has left a deep impression in the arts communities of each of these cities.
Title:The Tennessee Highway Death ChantFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.32 × 8.47 × 0.6 inPublished:August 19, 2016Publisher:Featherproof BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0983186383

ISBN - 13:9780983186380

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