Wednesday, January 20, 2021

... there stood in division of conflict ...

The Rage of Achilles, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
(Athena prevents Achilles from killing Agamemnon)


What god was it then set them together in bitter collision?
Zeus’ son and Leto’s, Apollo, who in anger at the king drove 
the foul pestilence along the host, and the people perished...

            -- The Illiad Book I: 8-10

Monday, January 11, 2021

Looking Ahead (again) to Emanations 9

In early December I posted my thoughts concerning appropriate timing for a Submissions Call for Emanations 9 (please click HERE).

At this point, I should like to revise that estimate. 

Now, I cannot say for sure, but I envision a Call going out near the end of this April.  If things work out this way, the review of submissions would begin sometime in August. 

"Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus" by John William Waterhouse

Monday, December 21, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Betelgeuse Dimming by Jean-Paul Garnier

Jean-Paul Garnier (see his short story "Birth of Fire" in Octo-Emanations) has just released a new book of science fiction poetry, Betelgeuse Dimming, which is available as a free audiobook version. It also comes in epub and pdf versions.  Please click HERE for the audiobook.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Computer Zero

The Thirteenth Century is missing...

Monday, December 7, 2020

What's the problem?

The impending perspicuity.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Looking ahead to Emanations 9

Because of the public health situation and the chronophagous demands of teaching on-line, I am waiting to learn of my college's plan for Spring Term.  If the plan is to go on-line, the Call will have to be postponed until April.  If we are to be in the classroom, the Call should go out in January.  

Wizard Reading a Book by Mannepanne  SOURCE

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Professor Hodges and his Bottomless Bottle of Beer

Horace Jeffery Hodges' novella The Bottomless Bottle of Beer with illustrations by Terrance Lindall originally appeared in Emanations: Second Sight. The work was subsequently published as an illustrated book by the Williamsburg Circle.

In the following series of videos, Professor Hodges reads from the book and then discusses his vision with students and faculty.




Monday, November 30, 2020

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Parade of the Moon God Nanna-Sin

       "New Year's Day at the Ziggurat of Ur" by John McDermott

Assuredly, it was an auspicious day
A little warm, but who knew to care
Or cared instead as the iron image of the god
Came castering on lumpen wooden wheels
Centered amongst a procession of priests and musicians
Across the main thoroughfare resplendent
Thus deeply they wondered at his bearing
Surmised what noble man was selected
To don the sheepskin robe and place
The triple crown of bullhorns aloft
On his propitious brow; see, he holds 
The rod and the reel, the measuring line
Of the Architect and Master Builder,
First of this world, and then of Ur
The First City, whose harnessed populace
Dreams of what at that summit shall transpire
When the god himself shall slow descend
From Heaven, born of light and slipping as a star
One silver drop of divine emanation
Falling into union with the surface of the Earth
Sacred Heaven and Sacred Earth joined
In the embrace of divine human forms
So an erect King and suppliant Queen
Shall contort, inspired, on the golden bed