Saturday, December 12, 2020


Read "Dancer" at The Eldritch Dark:

Although this poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) would seem to have a lot in common with the poems that make up the The Hill of Dionysus (1962), it was not included in the published version of that cycle.  I certainly suspect that CAS' friend Madelynne Green was the subject of this work, even if she is not directly named.

It's a simple verse, but highly effective in visualizing the motive art of dance and the complex emotions that it can express without words.  The vision of the dancer's feet crushing out a red vintage "That shall restore the summer" is both beautiful and uplifting.

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