Living up to my New Year’s resolution to remove myself, however briefly, from reclusion and update my online vitae, I have prepared this brief summary of all my published efforts of that blessedly over and awful year 2016. I am grateful for you good people who have felt anything through any of my humble works. I will do my best to continue; I forget it often of late, but I think there is still more left to be done. Forgive me the long silence, among so much else. BeLow is what was most recently made:
“Nocternity,” published in The Gift of the Kos’mos Cometh, Ex Occidente Press. A series of independent yet interrelated poems and proems (twelve in total) in honour of NOX, and censered after the Orphic Hymns. This is one of the most beautiful books I own, let alone inhabit. Illustrations by the phenomenal Denis Forkas.
“A Dead Man’s House,” in Booklore, Zagava. An fictional tour through extinct books from the past, with passages inspired by the heartbreaking dream of their possibility and loss. So much has been lost. Includes ‘inferred’ excerpts from Homer’s lost Telegoneia, passages imagined from The Gospel of Eve, and a Kabbalistic exergesis upon a few lost Biblical books, such as The Wars of YHVH. The calibre of these contributors is humbling indeed; Booklore is a beautiful concept made into a beautiful book released by beautiful people. I could not be happier to have published with Jonas whose work and integrity I admire so much, and hope that later this year I can announce a very exciting forthcoming work still in early preparation.
Corpus, in The Whore is this Temple, Mount Abraxis. An ambitious and formidable tome indeed, and a piece of my own that surprised me by what it demanded. I never meant to write it, never would have expected I could. Its initial inspiration arose from Andrei Bely’s magificent Kotik Letaev and little known Glossolalia, but Corpus expanded from there into a biographic (no, not autobiographical) account of Macrocosm and microcosm. A Brief History of All is given in re-verse; embryology embraces cosmology, unspooling in Fibonacci numbers; speech develops, the glossal Pythia as oral oracle; sephiroth arise in the rotting trunk, while Percival explores Neurologic Wastelands; sorrows and cares are digested, and the Masonic Order of Corpuscles is illuminated; and as the body declines, the Tibetan Book of the Dead hints at the road ahead for the soul, its part in the whole, its turn in eternity’s weal.
“WorLds: The Life and Theurgic Artistry of Andrei Bely”, Wormwood 27, Tartarus Press. A biographical exploration of major works by this Russian archsymbolist of incredible brilliance and achievement still woefully underappreciated in the Western World.
“Window Widows”, in A Midwinter Entertainment, Egaeus Press. A spectral tale set in the late 19th century Scottish Borders. The book is lavish and attractive, as are all of Egaeus’s releases, and the company kept in this collection quite illustrious.
The same should be said in advance of the next Egaeus tome, the theme of which is Murder Ballads. This will include my exclusive piece “Twa Sisters, Ane Swan,” a poetic, alchemical alloy of “The Cruel Sister” ballad, the fate of Ophelia, the metamorphosis of Kalevalan Aino, and similar thematic ingredients.
Thank you for your kind eyes. I will try to stay, worthy of them, and I send blessings to you all throughout a better year.