Jeremy Stewart

is creating Donkey's Inferno

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2020: Into Donkey’s Inferno


The project I will undertake through my Patreon this year will be to work on the draft of my novel, entitled “Donkey’s Inferno.” 

Donkey’s Inferno is the story of El Rucio, a donkey who finds himself wandering on the outskirts of hell, threatened by a monster, until Jorge Luis Borges arrives to save him and, being blind, to ask for guidance. Together, the two of them descend to the remotest depths of hell in search of Borges’ love, Beatriz Viterbo, and of the donkey’s former master, Sancho Panza, with whom he wants to settle accounts. Along the way, they encounter an infernal host of historical and literary figures, real and fictional. These adventures sketch out a profoundly unorthodox universal theology through slapstick violence, philosophical discourse, and a story of love, service, and suffering.

The premise of the novel begins with combining the Inferno of Dante Alighieri with Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote in several ways. First, by reconsidering the journey: while Dante’s travels with Virgil make for a schematic tour of an orderly and just hell, my donkey's trip is more like Quixote, with a series of picaresque, broadly humorous sallies through human delusion. If life on Earth is ridiculous and a farce of justice, why should hell be less so? Instead of Quixote’s relatively gentle milieu, Donkey’s Inferno is infused with Dantean gloom, darkened by the horrors of our own epoch.

The inner logic of the quest is drawn from the unfolding of Borges’ artful deception of the donkey, based on an idea of art as the use of illusion to illuminate obscure truth; and from the donkey’s discovery of the heart of selflessness in service, against the cruel justice of the eye-for-an-eye. Beyond that, plot elements are borrowed from a wide range of works on heaven and hell, from Dostoyevsky to Blake, from Bunyan to Bulgakov, from Dino Buzzati’s Poem Strip to Simone Weil’s Gravity and Grace—not neglecting Milton—with narrative fragments assembled in a postmodern style.

Although my two published books are both poetry collections, I have an experimental novel currently undergoing the final round of external review in consideration for publication by the University of Calgary Press. That work was prepared as part of my M.A. in English, a creative-critical hybrid thesis entitled “In Singing, He Composed a Song.” I also have numerous magazine publishing credits in prose as well as in poetry. I am confident that I can complete this work successfully, and that its originality and audacity are matched by the durability of its themes, as well as by my preparedness to write it. It is currently around 50 pages, along with an outline and work plan.

In 2020, Patrons at all levels will receive a bit of the draft Donkey's Inferno every week.  I'm very excited for you to join me in this journey! This novel feels urgent to me!

I am an award-winning writer and musician


My first novel, entitled "In Singing, He Composed a Song," has been accepted for publication by the University of Calgary Press as part of its Brave & Brilliant series. "In Singing, He Composed a Song" is an intergenic hybrid novel-assemblage that tells the story of a high school student assaulted by the RCMP and committed to the psych ward.

I won the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for Hidden City (Invisible Publishing; judge: Ken Babstock). I am also the author of (flood basement (Caitlin Press 2009). My work has appeared in Canadian Literature, Geist, Lemon Hound, and Open Letter, among other places.

I am a PhD student of English Literature at Lancaster University, UK, via distance, under the supervision of Professor John Schad. My research concerns Jacques Derrida's "Envois" and the Biblical figure of Daniel.

As a guitarist, singer, improviser, and songwriter, I have toured Canada, sharing stages or collaborating with artists like Oxbow, Lightning Bolt, Geoff Berner, Wax Mannequin, Stanley Jason Zappa, Catherine Sikora, Matt WestonEldritch Priest, and many others.

In recognition of my work as founder of Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music, in 2016, I received the inaugural Barbara Pentland Award of Excellence honouring my “extraordinary contribution to Canadian music” from the Canadian Music Centre.

I live in Vancouver, Canada with my partner and two children.

I once dropped a piano off a building.
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When I earn $100 per month, I will publish a schedule of my proposed creative activities for the following year, including chapbook releases, albums, etc. I will turn this into an oracular catalogue presentation, and all Supporters and above will get it in print.
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