Unguessed within my heart the solar glare
On monstrous gems that lit my journeying.
- From Desert Dweller by Clark Ashton Smith
What is this?This blog is a record of my reactions to and thoughts on the poems of Clark Ashton Smith (CAS), the late Californian artist best know for his connections to the Weird Tales circle of writers most active in the 1930's.
My intention is to read all of his poems in the chronological order established in the three-volume collection issued by the Hippocampus Press between 2007 and 2008:
I am not a literary scholar, and I am less interested in technical aspects of CAS' poetry than I am in understanding what the author intended to convey to his readers, in terms of imagery, philosophy, etc.
While the poetical works of CAS have not attracted as much critical attention as his fiction, I'll be reading such commentary as there is as I go along, and reviewing the several collections of his letters that have been published as well.
Although I will be reading the Hippocampus Press edition noted above, those without access to those volumes can access the full text of each poem via Boyd Pearson's excellent Eldritch Dark website:
Comments are welcome, but please be thoughtful and respectful.