Saturday, March 14, 2020


Read "Apologia" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is love poem as only Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) could write.  Especially compelling are the descriptions of exotic musical instruments in the opening stanza:

O gentlest love, I have not played
For you upon the lute of jade,
Nor on that fabulous bassoon
Wrought from the horns of minotaurs,
And set with subtly changing spars
And lucid metals of the moon—

The image of a "fabulous bassoon / Wrought from the horns of minotaurs" is a bit of genuine poetic magic.

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