Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Nightmare Tarn

Read "The Nightmare Tarn" at The Eldritch Dark:

Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) submitted this poem to Weird Tales magazine, where it was published in the issue for November 1929.  

Although the supernatural character of this work is well-defined (and certainly very appropriate for the pages of Weird Tales), the poem is weighed down by a fair amount of repetitious description, making for a dense read.  

This density is not common to CAS' verse, since he was a technically gifted poet with a vast command of the English language.  So "The Nightmare Tarn" strikes me as something of an oddity, a CAS poem that just doesn't really seem to get off the ground.

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