Poetry, Poetics, Portland
The priests look like Williamsburg hipsters with those beards.Why didn't I know about that extraordinary book? Whoa.
You mean you haven't explored the eldritch horrors of H ... P ... Lovecraft?!? Glad to learn the beards aren't just a Portland bohemia thing. They go better with those robes than with skinny jeans, don't you think?
I haven't read Lovecraft. Isn't that weird? I just have read about him. There was a book I loved as a teenager, "The Philosopher's Stone," by Colin Wilson... do you know it? Wilson was obsessed with Lovecraft, though very critical of him...When you first asked the question, I thought I had read Lovecraft. Instead, I was thinking of another book. Years ago, 32 years ago to be exact, Vale (of Research Magazine) gave me three books, in part to help corrupt me. (This was successful, I think.) They were:1) a little Aleister Crowley pamphlet called "Energized Enthusiasm." This is what I thought was Lovecraft until I googled it.2) Maldoror3) J.G. Ballard's Crash, which I didn't like then and still don't until this day.But I guess the simple answer is, no! I haven't read Lovecraft! WTF!As to the beards, I prefer a gay little goatee to a full chin of hair... part of my warlock fetish... all the more reason to READ LOVECRAFT!
When I was a teenager, just coming into Lovecraft, B. Dalton carried a mass-market paperback of the Necronomicon. I kind of knew it was fake, but wasn't totally sure (pre-internet). It credit Abdul Alhazred--the "mad" Arab mentioned in the stories--as the author I think, which I now read as a joke: "All Has Read." I thought the aliens were watching us,too. Lovecraft has his fans, I know, but a little for me goes a long way--the soup tastes the same through the whole tureen. A friend once told me his letters are great, where he spells out his feelings about modernity a little more nakedly. World enough and time ...
P.S. Haven't read Colin Wilson, but Crowley's "Energized Enthusiasm" ought to be re-purposed as the name of a poetry book. Any takers?
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