Friday, September 27, 2019


Read "Mirage" at The Eldritch Dark:

In this poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS), the brilliant mirage described in the middle stanza makes use of all of CAS' descriptive powers, and the line "A river like a dragon coiled in light" is worth the price of admission all by itself.

This poem contains elements of the exotic and the fantastic, and given that CAS was the author of these lines, it's no surprise that the final stanza presents the fall, as the spectacular mirage is lost and the hostile desert environment reasserts its dominion.  

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