Dustin Pickering

Dustin Pickering

Dustin Pickering is founder of Transcendent Zero Press, a literary publisher based in Houston, Texas. He is editor-in-chief of Harbinger Asylum, an award-nominated journal for poetry and the arts. He is the author of multiple small collections of poetry including Salt and Sorrow (Chitrangi Publishers, Kolkata, India), Knows No End (Hawakal Publishers, Kolkata, India), The Alderman: spurious conversations with Jim Morrison (Alien Buddha Press, USA), and The Daunting Ephemeral (Transcendent Zero Press, USA). His collection of flash wisdom A Matter of Degrees (Hawakal Publishers, Kolkata, India) attempts to bring concepts of beauty toward Platonism. He was a feature at Public Poetry in 2013. He is an editor of the bestselling anthology Selfhood: Varieties of Experience (with KIriti Sengupta). He is a public speaker, an events coordinator, and enjoys creating art and music as well as reading. He lives in Houston, Texas.
Review: William Orem's "Our Purpose in Speaking" (MSU Press) — by Dustin Pickering

Review: William Orem's "Our Purpose in Speaking" (MSU Press) — by Dustin Pickering

Dustin Pickering reviews “Our Purpose in Speaking” (MSU Press, 2018), the debut book of poems by Emerson College’s senior writer-in-residence William Orem, who recently won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Award. Pickering consistently familiarizes readers with Orem’s poetry collection from a particular understanding that is in tune with the reviewer’s greater appreciation for poetry. In doing so, the reviewer situates Orem’s verses within a greater history of poetry inspired by an engagement with God, life, being, existence, nature and world from the optics of contemporary Christianity, and in particular Catholicism. For the greater readership, the review elucidates the relevance of such introspective and contemplative poetry with religious motifs and undertones as one that is equally innovative and in constant development, which is best exemplified by Pickering’s engagement with specific poems and with the collection as a whole.

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Being and Time: Two Poems and a Note by Dustin Pickering

Being and Time: Two Poems and a Note by Dustin Pickering

Dustin Pickering brings us two poems inspired by his readings of Martin Heidegger’s classic work “Being and Time.” The poet has also provided a note to contextualize the two poems motivated by his philosophical engagement with Heidegger’s text. The result is a unique literary instance where philosophical inquiry and poetic engagement converge in verse.

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Knowledge is like Teher.
A handful of cooked rice
a humble offering
to ward off the grief
from an entire century.
Whosoever receives Teher
does so with blessings
and well wishes.
Today the T in Teher
is the T in Taaleem
just as the K in Kashmir
is the K in your name.
From Teōtīhuacān to Tral
we make a humble offering.

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