Through the lens of a cosmological memory theatre, Squaring the Circle, (216 pages)—the second in the anticipated quincunx of book-length poems—seeks to discover the effects of the conquest of the americas, and by extension, the conquest of the entire earth. If Tongue Stones, the first in the series, presents a mythic look into the deep roots of humanity, this book presents a more recent history of what’s gone wrong in the application of Western ideas, beliefs, and philosophy.
Squaring the Circle was awarded a Blue Star Foundation Award (for Art in Service to the Earth).
You can read an entire PDF file of Squaring the Circle by clicking on this link. Look under the John Campion sub-tab to find out how to purchase this book and others in the series.
The cover is a photograph by the famous photographer of the Huichol people, John Chrisitan. It is a petroglyph reflecting their cosmology.
You can listen to Campion reading from a lengthy selection from Squaring the Circle in the following link. This selection is taken from a live collaborative performance work with composer Edmund Campion entitled Name Calling, which was performed at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA. (You can read more about it in the Sub-Tab under COLLABORATIONS.)