Friday, February 14, 2020


Read "Afterwards" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is quite a dark poem, with a strain of paranoia uncharacteristic of Clark Ashton Smith (CAS).  The title suggests that these lines may be describing the reality of a ghost or some other type of specter, trapped in a purgatory of isolation and fear.

Also notable is the relatively simple vocabulary, which lends itself to a rapid pace of reading or recitation.  CAS' poetry is often noted for complex diction and stately tempo, which makes "Afterwards" an unusual work for this author.

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