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Day: January 18, 2012

Musings On Poe’s Descent Into The Maelstrom

Musings On Poe’s Descent Into The Maelstrom

We had now reached the summit of the loftiest crag. For some minutes the old man seemed too much exhausted to speak (Edgar Allan Poe, A Descent Into The Maelstrom). On a theme as slight as falling, Edgar Allan Poe succeeds in providing, by means of a few objective images, enough substance for the fundamental dream to make the fall last. To understand Poe’s imagination, it is necessary to live this assimilation of external images by the movement of inner…

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Transmundanity

Transmundanity

The cusp between land and sea beckoned to me from the myriad existences gone before. I stood on the Rim of Time, peering into something, yet nothing. Truly, at this point, “thing-ness” had ceased to be and I was thrown into an enigma. I was blind and saw everything in sweet lucidity. The land was in the grasp of Winter. The forest, hot and steamy, was a haven for living creatures who could not endure the sweltering sultriness of the…

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The Broken Wheel

The Broken Wheel

 I stood before the four judges and wondered what would become of me. Or is it me? Is it Them? Me seems so selfish, so single-minded. I wondered whether they would realize that I wasn’t only me? After much ruminating, it was decided I would spend a season in the bowels of the earth, but not a season. Actually, it was a non-season, if you will. Soon afterwards, (or was it prior to?) We found ourselves in a lovely green…

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