Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Read "Interrogation" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is a dark poem of love from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS), emboldened by the narrator's unflinching observations of what lies behind the many veils.  

The fourth stanza is particularly interesting, with an implicit rejection of whatever the mythical heavens may hold in promise:

Know you the deeps above?
The terror and vertigo of those who gaze too long
Upon the crystal skies unclouded? Are you strong
With me to prove
Even in thought or dream the dreadful pits above?

The third line quoted above corrects a regrettable typo found in the version of this poem at The Eldritch Dark; the corrected word is bolded.

Despite the grim tone of "Interrogation", it's an impressive work of somber mood and lurid musical language.

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