This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) was unpublished in his lifetime, and is not available on The Eldritch Dark, so here's the complete text:
of a future Atlantis
CAS also wrote a Spanish-language version of this poem entitled "Dice el soñador".
It's interesting to compare this poem to one that CAS wrote much earlier in his life with a similar title: "Said the Dreamer". I blogged about that poem a few years ago:
Both poems document the fantastic encounters of a vivid dream, and both works exult in weird imagery. But where "Said the Dreamer" presents an apocalyptic vision ("Then in the dream I dreamt that Time was done"), "Says the Dreamer" focuses instead on alien exoticism ("winter honeycombs in Venus"), ending with a speculation as to the source of the incredible dream voyage described.
Comparing the two poems, written almost forty years apart, provides an insight to CAS' maturing vision, where vast destructive powers at work on a cosmic level have given way to a musing on the forces that inspire the very act of dreaming.
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