… surfacing …


Segment of 'The Magician,' a painting by Silvia Pastore

Segment of ‘The Magician,’ a painting by Silvia Pastore

her nocturnal creature mourns as meshes of  night disband the Other of her dream into strands that flow like oil colours –

marbling still waters under grey or rain-bowed sky as canvas for inventing random patterns of each day

beneath the mirrors an ever-turning gyre of souls in deep wordless liaison keeps churning the ocean

her inward creature drifts through curls of emptiness sifting strata of seasons

to gathered wisdoms of the human heart

its patina of touch and wear

sediments of ache and bliss

its gilded secret

cypher for another Eden

from which her inversed image falls

to the next fluid mirror always desiring the Other …

Ashen 10th July 2015

Maybe needless to say, just about everything I post here is relevant to my novels.

In relation to the poem, I thought you might enjoy the fascinating Art of the Marbler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyga8VMWXKg

And a short introduction to The Churning of the Ocean of Milk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MItyUwPAjLA

The segment of the Magician image is the work of a fine painter, Silvia Pastore http://www.silviapastore.com/ … Time and space are illusions …  Having obtained the copyright of the Magician as a cover for ‘Course of Mirrors,’ it seems my publisher, who I re-signed a contract with, has other ideas. I love Silvia’s work, but will remain open to suggestions, as long as my first novel is launched within the year. It’s been sitting quiet since 2011. Maybe all good things take time. A sequel is waiting in line, and I’m working on a third book in the series.


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11 responses to “… surfacing …

  1. I so much enjoyed the marbling film and that BBC received English voice. Takes me back to pre-feature films of childhood. But what a dexterous fluid process resulting in fluid design- a ‘frozen’ image of the process itself! The Silvia Pastore work is very reminiscent of William Blake. Yes it’s time for your book to ‘surface’! A diverting post in all dimensions.

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    • 🙂 The Art of the Marbler. I’m glad I found this record, had to search a bit, since most yourtube clips are about more spectacular methods to use marbling. I love patterns that evolve from repetition. Marbling has a fascinating history … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_marbling
      My books, yes, it’s Interesting how limitations (I’m not ready to sell my roof) sends you along footpaths, away from mainroads, into the woods. It’s a fine balance between being and becoming.


  2. Yes, the marbling film is marvelous, and points to the importance of diction, word selection, in your poem “surfacing.”

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  3. Intriguing and beautiful. I do like the artwork. It reflects the tone of your writing – soft and magical.

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  4. Hi,
    I love the poem. It paints images right before my eyes and the words flow with the painting.
    I look forward to reading your book. I can confirm great things take time. It seems that the impact of a book coincides with the waiting period. The longer one has to wait, the greater the impact.
    But when it happens, Oh the joy that follows.

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    • Thanks, Patricia. I’m glad you feel the poem flows. This ‘time thing’ re: my work, It would be gratifying if it came to be, though I’ve also come to value the writing process itself, for its un-nameable rewards.


      • Hi,
        re the ‘time thing’ – I’ve been working on my first book since 2009. It started out with a big bang. I knew I was a great storyteller, because I sing before audiences in Germany, and as a foreigner here, I have learned to communicate with the people in German, and I capture their hearts. My German is not 100 percent, but I’ve worked hard at the language to learn how to read, write, and speak it. Thus, many people get caught up in what I say in my concerts and some people have told me that what I said outweighed the voice that I have. However, I didn’t know there was a certain structure or literary science to writing good books. It has taken me six years of learning by reading and then doing to finally get the hang of it. In the meantime, during these years I have rediscovered as you have the joy of just plain writing. I have awakened the child in me, and she is fascinated with the written word. I do believe that one of these days my time will come, and I will see my books in print but if it doesn’t happened, I won’t regret it because, like you, I am enjoying the fact that I can play with words, discover new worlds within myself and use words to relate the colour of my world and how I experience it.

        I didn’t mean to get carried away, but I saw your reply as I was preparing to leave my office for band practice and your response evoked an emotion in me that you’re a fellow traveller.


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  5. I do so love your poetry, fluid, evocative, thought=provoking, magical. 🙂

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