Thursday, July 4, 2019

A Phantasy of Twilight

Read "A Phantasy of Twilight" at The Eldritch Dark:

This poem was unpublished in Clark Ashton Smith's (CAS) lifetime, and it does strike me as a rather minor work within his poetic corpus.  Nonetheless, the final stanza does have some undeniable music:

And, lo, from courts and arches, unconfined,
Rode forth, unto some desert bourn assigned,
          The evanescent pomps of ghostly dust,
On thin and momentary manes of wind!

Phrases like "The evanescent pomps of ghostly dust" are what keep me happily reading through the entirety of CAS' poetic catalogue - even in one of his lesser works, his tremendous facility with the English language creates small moments of magic that are always worth the reading.

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