In Pharmako/Dynamis, Dale Pendell takes readers on a fascinating journey into the world of psychoactive plants, following up on his previous work in Pharmako/Poeia. Through his exploration of pharmacognosy, the study of natural drugs, Pendell delves into the composition, history, production, and use of these plants, uncovering a wealth of arcane knowledge and tradition along the way. Using a blend of poetry, chemistry, and ethnobotanical expertise, Pendell creates a mesmerizing brew of insight and discovery. His voyage is truly a circumnavigation, revealing dangerous knowledge that can serve as a potent weapon against ignorance.
Dale Pendell is a multi-talented author, software engineer, and student of ethnobotany whose work has appeared in numerous journals. He is the founding editor of KUKSU: Journal of Backcountry Writing and has led workshops on ethnobotany and ethnopoetics for the Naropa Institute and the Botanical Preservation Corps. Readers of Pharmako/Dynamis will undoubtedly find his unique blend of disciplines and perspectives captivating and enlightening.