Monday, June 29, 2020


Read "February" at The Eldritch Dark:

While this is not a particularly notable poem by Clark Ashton Smith (CAS), the third stanza is quite potent with visual imagery:

Fragile as dreams, afloat
Between the earth and skies,
Beyond serene, remote,
Blue-folded hills the fair and moon-white mountains rise.

It's worth noting that the version of this poem at The Eldritch Dark renders the work with five-line stanzas.  In contrast, the version of the same poem in the Hippocampus Press edition of The Complete Poetry and Translations of Clark Ashton Smith presents each stanza as a quatrain, with long last lines.  Given the careful editorial work of S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, I suspect the latter is correct, and I've used that formatting above.

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