Garden Urthark Portraits Deep in the Castle

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Portraits Deep in the Castle

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Family, sex, and myth collide in this new and challenging view of what famed critic Northrop Frye has called our mythological universe. The people depicted in Portraits Deep in the Castle unify the now of our remote past with the urge to re-create their struggle for recognition in our own lives. Poetry that ennobles the familiar, fiction that liberates the familiar from the strange, and essays that attack unquestioned conventions of everyday reality, find their likeness in portraits that speak the mute, but universal language of a knight and a lady deep in a castle, far away, but never far from home.

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Garden Urthark is an enterprise that contains, as in an ark, the revolutionary process of transforming reality into a vision of human love and freedom.

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Like many of his contemporaries, A.J. Miele, 55, loved the Beatles back in the day--and still does. By virtue of dedicating "Portraits Deep in the Castle," an illustrated collection of poems, stories and essays, to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, he says, "I was able to say thanks in at least some small way." But the Kensington writer has a more romantic reason for the decision. Since his 1995 marriage to a Korean artist, who created the book with him, Miele says he has "felt a special connection with John Lennon because he married an Asian artist." Miele compares the nature of "true love" to that of the famous couple. "What John and Yoko seemed to have had was an innocence and intensity to their relationship that Sung and I would like to believe we share in common with them," he says. To represent their joint identity, the writer and artist chose a single pseudonym. "We wanted a name for ourselves that would make us similar to a musical group," Miele says, citing the four musicians who formed The Beatles. "The name of our group is Garden Urthark. We have a global perspective, so we wanted a mythical name." "A garden is an ideal or archetype that gives the Earth (Urth) a human shape," he explains. "Garden Urthark is an enterprise that contains as in an ark, the revolutionary process of transforming reality into a vision of human love and freedom." In this, Miele acknowledges his debt to literary critic Northrop Frye, who "introduced a new method for the interpretation of literary works, examining what he called their archetypal, or mythical, symbols as one of four levels of meaning that make up any literary art." Miele describes the contents of "Portraits" as "Poetry that ennobles the familiar, fiction that liberates the familar from the strange, and essays that attack unquestioned conventions of everyday reality, finding their likeness in portraits that speak the mute, but universal language of a knight and lady deep in a castle, far away, but never far from home." He invites readers to "stroll through a gallery of subjects in each of the collection's three parts -- "Poesie," "Story" and "Essays," and enjoy the perspective captured by the color, line and shadows of pictorial art, by the rime and meter of poetry, and by the extended rhythmic patterns of prose fiction and essays." The book's unusual middle section, he continues, "provides a revolutionary use of color in the form of geometrical shapes that act as verbal symbols, taking the place of some names and other words." Although hardly as glamorous as the life John and Yoko shared, the Mieles are creating their own beautiful portraits. --Ellyn Wexler, Staff Writer, The Gazette

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