Monday, January 28, 2019


Read "Nirvana" at The Eldritch Dark:

This early poem by Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) reminds me of "Retrospect And Forecast", another of his poems that was included in his first published collection (The Star-Treader and Other Poems(1912)).  "Retrospect And Forecast" addressed the personification of Death, while this present poem speaks of "the vampire-lips of Sleep" and presents a vista of cosmic imagery that CAS often wove into his verses.  

In general, "Nirvana" strikes as a somewhat unexceptional item from the oeuvre of CAS, primarily because he handled similar themes with greater power in other of his poems.

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