Robles, Jaime

Jaime Robles - Anime Animus Anima


Jaime Robles - Anime Animus Anima

Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins

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Anime, Animus, Anima looks at the mysteries of the body and consciousness through imagery found in three classic Japanese anime — Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell series, Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion and Shinichiro Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop. The overriding imagery in these apocalyptic anime is derived from European and American sources — 1930s surrealism in the case of Oshii, Judeo-Christian mythologies in Anno's Evangelion series, and American cowboy mythology in Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop. The poems weave in the author's contemporary American viewpoint, fusing the work into a collection with multiple layers that has the West looking at the East looking at the West. The poet also uses the animation process to examine how we look at the world that surrounds us and how "viewing" feeds both love and alienation.


"These deeply intelligent poems navigate between the moment 'unmerged space sheds us' and the girdling 'within which change or mutation hurtles in inconclusive odds, absolving inevitability.' The philosophical challenge of this book is matched by its humanity and integrity." —Elizabeth Robinson

"Every good book scares us, and this is one of them." —Paul Hoover


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