Saturday, September 21, 2019

Ashes of Sunset

Read "Ashes of Sunset" at The Eldritch Dark:

This short poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) distills some of the strongest elements of his art.  On the one hand, we get bold descriptions of natural phenomenon ("the falling of an ashen sky"), and on the other hand, we get visions of the exotic and the fantastic ("A pharos on some alienated shore").  

This poem may lack elements of the weird and supernatural that were also part of CAS' creative domain, but given the short length, "Ashes of Sunset" is a concise journey through territory that CAS had well mastered.

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