Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
Read "Mountain Trail" at The Eldritch Dark:
Although this haiku from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is quite simple, it's also quite touching in that the speaker and his companion hold hands "In the steepest mile" of their path. This is an obvious metaphor for weathering challenges together, and while it's not a thought original to CAS, he does express it with admirable directness.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Was not the people's blessing as we pastHeart-comfort and a balsam to thy blood?
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Read "Night of Miletus" at The Eldritch Dark:
The title of this haiku from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) refers to one of the great cities of the Classical Greek period, which is now part of Turkey. By extension, it likely also refers to Aristides of Miletus, who set his tales in that same city "which had a reputation for a luxurious, easy-going lifestyle" (according to Wikipedia).
Compared to many of his other works in the haiku form, "Night of Miletus" feels rather slight, with no significant poetic techniques at work and with a rather straightforward visual component that doesn't really inspire a "haiku moment".
Friday, February 26, 2021
Read "Love in Dreams" at The Eldritch Dark:
This is one of five poems that Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) arranged together under the group title "Pulse-Beats of Eros", although that heading was not maintained when these verses were included in the omnibus Selected Poems (1971).
"Love in Dreams" makes wonderful use of consonance (built around the letter "n") in combination with end rhyme, concluding with the supremely beautiful phrase "The night-found rose." Even while working in the short form of haiku, CAS was capable of the verbal magic that distinguishes his very best poetry.