Read "Loss" at The Eldritch Dark:
As with many of the pieces that Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) included in his published collection Sandalwood (1925), "Loss" is a poem of romance and remembrance:
Alas! I cannot find you now:
From alp to phantom alp in sleep
A phantom light they cannot keep
Goes outward to the oblivious deep,
And fades from my pursuing brow.
Before I began a journey to read all of CAS' poetry, I was not much aware of his non-fantastic verse, and it's been a really pleasant discovery. So much of CAS' reputation rests on the pillars of science fiction, dark fantasy, and the weird. And yet his creative output was so much broader in scope than the reputation suggests, and it's rewarding to discover lesser known aspects of his artistic output.
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