Friday, October 18, 2019


Read "Flamingoes" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is a rather pleasant (if insubstantial) poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) which achieved magazine publication shortly after it was written in 1919.  Smith commented in a letter to George Sterling*:

I've sold a few thing during the past month...and two more ("Palms" and "Flamingoes") to a beautifully printed geographical magazine entitled "Asia", which pays 50¢ per line.

The fact that this poem was sold to a general interest magazine may account for the innocuous nature of its content.

*See letter #206 in The Shadow of the Unattained: The Letters of George Sterling and Clark Ashton Smith published by Hippocampus Press.

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