Saturday, October 26, 2019
Read "Solution" at The Eldritch Dark:
There is a significant typo in the very first line of the version of this poem at The Eldritch Dark; the first line should read: "The ghostly fire that walks the fen".
I'm reading this poem just a few days before Halloween, and it's a perfect fit. This also happens to be one of the early poems from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) that was published in Weird Tales magazine, and with its spooky atmosphere and hints of the supernatural, I'm not at all surprised that it found a home in The Unique Magazine.
While I wouldn't count "Solution" as one of CAS' more memorable poems, I am enamored of the lines "And though the toads' irrision rise / Like grinding of Satanic racks". If that's not a perfect musical accompaniment to the Halloween season, I don't know what is!