By John Cowper Powys
"A Glastonbury Romance, first released in 1932, is Powys masterwork, an epic novel of impressive cumulative strength and lyrical depth. In it he probes the paranormal and non secular ethos of the small English village of Glastonbury, and the impression upon its population of a legendary culture from the remotest previous of human heritage - the legend of the Grail. Powys's wealthy iconography interweaves the traditional with the fashionable, the ancient with the mythical, and the resourceful inside of guy with the flora and fauna outdoor him to create a e-book of fabulous scope and beauty."
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The exorcist You have picked the briny lotus amid the turbulent stream of fever that flows down a bald summit through seven mouths of darkness. the possessed What will the face of the moon do against your tepid, ill-aged moon face? What can liquid eyes do against your eyes that beckon lighthouses and foam to the water? the beloved and the exorcist [together] I said, throw her in the sea! the chess player Ease, O nocturnal bishop the chores on my chessboard and hark: a poet is born in the bulbs of the month of August.
He begins with Pound’s claim that Cavalcanti’s canzone is ultimately a “metaphor on the generation of light,” then goes a step further and applies Pound’s metaphor to the entirety of Dante’s Commedia, tracing its trajectory from the Inferno xxxiv Introduction and through the Purgatorio to the luminous verses of the Paradiso. The essay also addresses the genealogy of the metaphor, which de Campos traces back to Averroës and Robert Grosseteste and connects to twentiethcentury artists and writers such as Kasimir Malevich and Georges Vantongerloo, Joyce, and Norman Brown.
The Poem premeditates. They run the cusp of infinite astronomy of which they are plumed Orions. It, arbiter and vindicator of itself, Luzbel leaps over the abyss, liberated, in front of a greater king a king lesser great. Translated by A. S. Bessa 14 Claustrophobia Dominicum nostrum, Ariadne, the misadventures of a Sunday. The day masturbulates, undiaphanous, ungolor. Ivory brawls, your thighs, mouthless rivers, gigantic rounds, the skin nubile-pink, tiger lilies titillating in nylonhypnosis. The thinness of Sunday, you save.
A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys