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With thanks to Erik G, I was supplied with a PDF of the PL Henry analysis and translation of The Cauldron of Poesy, which you can find at this link in PDF form. It's well worth reading, so please have a look!

This article includes a version of the original Irish as well as Henry's translation. It's from Studia Celtica 14/15, (1979/1980), pp 114-128.

Also today, on the bi writers list, a note came through saying that for the Lambda Literary Awards this year, they had two submissions of poetry by bi authors and if they had a third they could actually have a bisexual poetry category, so I emailed Sheela Lambert and asked if mine would qualify, given it has some bi content in it. She said yes, send it along, so I sent her a PDF of the manuscript and will be overnighting a copy to her tomorrow, which means I am in the running for a Lambda Literary Award.

She'd asked where I lived, if I might be able to be in NYC on June 2nd if I won, and if my publisher was in NYC. I said that I might have to scramble to be there, but it's possible, and that while my publisher wasn't in NYC they were based out of Danvers, CT, so they could certainly be around if need be. I emailed Jason and Leslie to let them know, though I also told Sheela that Hiraeth was more an eco-poetics/eco-spirituality/eco-philosophy press and that the Lambdas were probably not even on their radar. Still, I'm sure they'll be happy to have me in the competition.

We shall see what happens. The Lambda awards have had a lot of issues over the years because they pretty much don't deal with bi or trans people very well. (Not like this is unusual in the "GLBT" community.) Bi writers usually have to compete in the gay or lesbian categories, though there have occasionally been bi categories, and trans works are almost never represented. At the same time, if we don't get out there and represent for ourselves at these things and demand entry, the g/l establishment isn't going to let us in the door. Therefore, I'm glad to be on the list, even if it's very last minute.
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Mandragora, as some of you may recall, is a beautiful book on esoteric poesis in which I have an essay and a couple of poems. Here are a few words on said book and its contents:

The Larkfall blog by Phil Legard.

Aedicula Antinoi blog discussing the Larkfall review.

Finnchuill's Mast blog by Finnchuill.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
Mandragora, as some of you may recall, is a beautiful book on esoteric poesis in which I have an essay and a couple of poems. Here are a few words on said book and its contents:

The Larkfall blog by Phil Legard.

Aedicula Antinoi blog discussing the Larkfall review.

Finnchuill's Mast blog by Finnchuill.


May. 9th, 2012 12:01 am
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I got a slow start, not waking until about 1:30 this afternoon, but I didn't really even get to sleep until about 7:30 this morning, so I suppose that's fair enough. Today's post brought [ profile] man_of_snows's chapbook, Slow Depth, which I expect him to sign when I see him again.

Dishes and laundry got done, though not much else in a physical sense. I spent a few hours today working on a response to Teo's What is the Point of Your Religion blog post that I'd mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I've posted it over on my Searching for Imbas blog. I got it together and posted just before I headed out to the AFK for the weekly steampunk social. One other person showed up and we had a lovely conversation.

Upon getting home, I finished up dealing with the laundry and stuffed it in drawers. Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to get down into Everett and talk to one of the clerks about the tax exemption. I'm not sure I have everything I need, but I can at least ask, and possibly get missing documentation together if I need to. The county office should have tax records, at least, and I ought to be able to obtain copies of them there somewhere.

Achy parts are aching and I ought to attempt to sleep tonight, though I will probably end up spending some time playing Plants v Zombies again. There has been zero effect on the speed of the intertubes through the wireless router, so I sent a note to that effect in the response email that Cisco sent me yesterday. I have no idea what good it will do, but I may end up digging around under the desk and plugging the cablemodem in there, rather than across the room, then wiring in ethernet and also having the router available for visitors at the lower speed. Regardless, I'm extremely disappointed with the Linksys router and it's lack of anything vaguely approaching an appropriate speed. Yeah, first world problems. I'm glad these are the most serious things I have to worry about right now. Things have been much much worse in the past.
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Today I got email from Scarlet Imprint about the Mandragora anthology, which is due for release in its initial edition on May 1st:

Dear Friends,

Our latest title, Mandragora: Further Explorations in Esoteric Poesis, edited by Ruby Sara, is now available for subscriber pre-order.

Pulled from the ground, its shrieks threatening madness, carved and anointed, given form and breath… so it is, the Word walks.

Mandragora is a companion volume to Datura, and some 100 pages larger, comprising nine extensive essays and the works of 48 poets. If you enchant, incant or evoke this is essential reading.
We are committed to the art of poetry.

It has been a major undertaking, and now the mandrake gives forth its fragrance.

Our poets and writers are:

Adriano Camargo Monteiro, Adrienne J. Odasso, Alexander Cummins, Alison Leigh Lilly, Anna Applegate, Anthony Rella, Ariana Dawnhawk, Brock Marie Moore, Caroline Carver, Chris Page, Christopher Greenchild, Craig Fraser, Erynn Rowan Laurie, J/J Hastain, Jenne Micale, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Melusine, Jimmy T Kirkbride, Jose Leitao, Juleigh Howard Hobson, Juliet Johns, Katie Anderson, KH Solomon, Levannah Morgan, Literata Hurley, Mama Whodun, Mark Mandrake, Mark Saucier, Mark Valentine, Michael Routery, Mike Slater, Miriam Axel-Lute, Orryelle Defenstrate-Bascule, Paul Holman, Paul B.Rucker, Peter Dube, Peter Grey, Phil Legard, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, Rebecca Buchanan, Ruby Sara, Scott Schroder, Shaun Johnson, Slippery Elm, Stuart Inman, T.Thorn Coyle, Valentina Cano, Voxx Voltair.

In addition to the rich wilderness of poetry represented in these pages, Mandragora also presents nine essays on the nature of the strange, mad, chymical wedding of poet and magic, and the occult euphoria that follows it through time and space. Throughout these pages we glimpse the ghost of Orpheus, that god-touched and wandering patron of verse, in explorations of the poet as seducer of the gods, the role of verse in ritual theatre, and the poet in relationship with the Muse. Twice we are invited to fix our hearts on the lives and works of specific voices from the history of esoteric poetry in essays on Ted Hughes and Fernando Pessoa. The prophetic voice of the poet is explored, specifically in relationship to Brigid, as is the role of poetry in the grimoire tradition, the use of the cut-up technique in poetry and magic, and the relationship of poetry to the ongoing conversation between science and occult practice. In these essays the poetic word is grounded in tradition and history, rooted in thought – a face given form and a spirit animating its limbs.


The Poet as God-Seducer - P.Sufenas Virius Lupus
Black Venus and Wise Hermes - Phil Legard
On Cut-Up - Alexander Cummins
A Spell to Awaken England - Peter Grey
Magical Verse in Ritual Theatre - Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
Burying the Poet - Erynn Rowan Laurie
On Pessoa - Jose Leitao
Houses of Death - Jimmy Kirkbride
Head of Orpheus - Michael Routery

Mandragora - Further Explorations in Esoteric Poesis
Various, Ruby Sara (Ed)

264pp, pinched crown 240 x 170mm in fine, hardback, paperback and epub/mobi editions.
The standard hardback Carpophorus edition
450 exemplars (50 hors commerce)
Bound in an exquisite copper crushed cloth. Stamped in black foil with La Mandragora.
Black head and tail bands, black embossed endpapers.
Archival quality paper.
£40 plus postage

The fine-bound Chthonia edition
32 exemplars
Full antique goat, sunk coffin device with copper blocking.
Magnani Firenze handmade endpapers.
Copper edges, slipcased and finished to the highest standards.
£185 plus secure postage.

I got email the other day from Justin Moore, who did the wonderful and fascinating presentation at last year's Esoteric Book Conference on The Library Angel. He's apparently developed an interest in things druidic, and the bardic traditions. He'd been interested in some of my work previously but hadn't realized who I was when we met at the conference until he was on his way back to Cincinnati. Sadly, he won't be attending this year, but we did talk a bit about the differences between the romantic/antiquarian druidic traditions and the more reconstructionist approaches in our brief email exchange; he also had a few questions about some of my earlier work, particularly the essay in Philip Carr-Gomm's The Druid Renaissance. I'm hoping to hear from him again soon, if he has time.

Today was a new session with the VA spirituality group. We have a couple of new people, which will change the dynamics slightly, but the women who come to join us have usually been pretty good people, so I'm looking forward to participating with them.

A little further discussion has been had on the cover design for the new edition of Circle of Stones, and I have to remember to find some time this weekend to find a couple of sample graphics for Andy, and to look at some font collections for the cover text.

Tomorrow is my outing for the steampunked Pirates of Penzance at the Village Theatre in Everett. There may be snacks before or dinner after, though I haven't got all of that cleared with [ profile] gra_is_stor just yet. I know it will be quite the contingent, and all in our steamy finery. My head is twinging slightly tonight, so I'm hoping I won't be migraining tomorrow, as that would be exceedingly inconvenient. Rain and wind have been a bit much today, though the drive home from Seattle did provide me with a really nice rainbow arcing almost straight up into the sky as I came around the curve on I5 toward the Lynnwood/44th Street exit.

Nicole has asked me once again to come and speak to her class about the geilt and PTSD paper on May 1st, which I will most likely do unless I find myself swamped with too many things to do. I do need to put that into the calendar.

More stuff is going on than my brain can handle, I sometimes think. I did get a little more reading done in one of the Brigid books I've been working my way through. I need to take another look at the pilgrimage preparation timetable and see what's next on my list. Today on Twitter I made the acquaintance of a folklorist and (apparently) botanist going by @irishflora working at the Folklife Branch of the National Museum of Ireland in County Mayo. She'd been tweeting some stuff about ogam and trees, and a couple of people recommended my book to her, so we had a short chat before I had to head into Seattle today; she seemed really interested in my book and said if the pilgrimage group was able or interested, we should come by the museum. She says it's not all that far from Sligo, though I'm not sure what "not far" means in this context. I took a look at a map but am not certain of the scale of things in terms of travel and whatnot. Still, it would be fascinating if there's time at all while we're in Sligo for that part of the trip. She says that part of her work involves education on participation and ownership of Irish culture, heritage and tradition, which is of course right up my alley. I'm sure we'll have some interesting conversations, even if I don't get over to the museum while we're there.

So much stuff. So little time.
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Seeking Brigid: Sacred Well, Holy Flame
Pilgrimage to Ireland, 2012
July 11-18, 2012

Join author and poet Erynn Rowan Laurie and the Sisterhood of Avalon for a seven day pilgrimage to Ireland, exploring our connections with the Goddess Brigid, patron of poetry, smith craft, and healing. With the breathtaking landscape of Ireland as our backdrop, our time together will be spent engaged in conscious sight-seeing, scholastic inquiry, and spiritual exploration inspired by Gaelic tradition. For pricing and the full brochure, click here. All over 18 are welcome. Only 12 openings are available.

I hope you'll join me as we explore Ireland and our relationships with Brigid this summer!

The link will download a PDF file of the information packet.

Please spread the info far and wide!
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I got this today from Ruby Sara, editor of Mandragora.

Dear Erynn,

Thank you for your submission to the Scarlet Imprint poetry anthology, Mandragora. The following works have been accepted for publication in this anthology:

Lost Text

On the Origin of Dreams

ESSAY: Burying the Poet


We will be in touch with you in the coming months as we engage in the work of completing the manuscript. We do not yet have an expected publication date for this project, but when that has been determined, I will let you know immediately. All contributors to this project will receive one copy of the work.
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My essay for Mandragora, "Burying the Poet: Brigid, Poetry and the Visionary in Gaelic Poetic Traditions," is finished at 3156 words and has been sent off to [ profile] finnchuill and [ profile] alfrecht for their comments and suggestions. Finally! I think I've done pretty well with it, and now I can turn my attentions to finishing up details for the Samhain ritual that I have to deal with. Tomorrow is the CR schmooze business meeting, my VA yoga group, and picking up [ profile] gra_is_stor before we deal with Steamcon this weekend.

I was just glad to get the writing for this one out of the way. I still have an article to do for Phosphorus, but I may not get that finished before the end of the month (I'm thinking probably not, in fact). I have no idea if I'm going to be able to get that one together in that short a time. I've hardly got more than a paragraph or two in it at the moment. It's such a huge and messy topic that it can be hard to tackle, even if I do have one particular example I'm working from.

I went over to the AFK tonight to have dinner with Herb and one of his spawn. We had a pretty good time, and some yummy foods. I won't be there tomorrow for the weekly steampunk social, obviously.

Politics make me crazy. Topeka, Kansas has repealed its domestic violence laws to try to save money. Screw saving people's lives.

Mississipi has proposed a measure that will make fertilized ova "persons" under the law and may well criminalize miscarriage.

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with people? Get the hell out of my fucking uterus, damn it! For a bunch of people who claim they want government out of their lives, they sure love to jam it up women's vaginas.
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Today I expected to hang out for lunch with Robert and then get some writing done. I did get the hanging out with Robert bit done -- we went out for lunch to one of the Thai places down in Everett where I go sometimes. We had a really lovely few hours, talking about books and magic and politics and New York and Seattle. We shared some tea when we got back to my place and talked a lot more. He was here for three hours or so before I started fading and he headed off to the Half Price Books at the Everett Mall.

I took a little quiet time to read for a few minutes before I got back into the online stuff. It seems several people on the Puget Sound CR list hadn't got the link for the ogam booklet I'd sent, so I re-sent it. After that, I also went fishing for the Nora Chadwick Imbas Forosnai article for the more mysticism part of this and next month's schmooze. It turned out the only place I could find it was through the Wayback Machine on Molly Ní Dana's old Geocities website. The first two parts she'd posted were more or less findable, but I had to do a little futzing to get the third and final part. I posted those links to the list as well, but I realized that anyone just clicking the links on the wikipedia page or on the Imbas organization page were going to have some difficulty either getting to the article at all, or getting to all three parts of it that had originally been posted.

The other issue was that Molly's original transcription lacked any of the footnotes, all 93 of them. I dived into it, turning the three files into a single page, fixing the formatting, and incorporating the footnotes, while fixing the typos that I could find. That has occupied almost my entire day, from about 4pm to about 11:30pm, and my wrists are aching, but I've at least got this resource back on the web in a place where it will be easily available for the foreseeable future. It has been incorporated as a page on my Searching for Imbas blog with all credit to Molly for her hard work in initially transcribing the article. I've added a note at the top about pagination and footnotes, which are necessary for anyone considering citing the online version. There are a few points where Chadwick refers to page numbers in the article for cites, and that formatting is not preserved, so there would be a problem unless you had the original article in front of you.

I posted a note about this over on facebook and will also post a note about it on my Searching for Imbas blog so that people who are watching that, but not necessarily this LJ, will also know about it.
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After consultation with Leslie at Hiraeth, she narrowed it down to The Night Sutra and Fireflies at Absolute Zero with a slight preference for Fireflies because it's mysterious and would probably attract more attention. That, combined with the fact that Fireflies was a pretty clear winner in the poll, has decided me and we'll go with that for the title. I should be receiving the revised contract soon for my approval.

I didn't get out with [ profile] gra_is_stor for blackberry picking today. Both of us were really tired. We watched A Scandal in Bohemia and an episode of Firefly which, though I really tried, I just couldn't get into. I may have to turn in my geek cred or something. Horrors. Given how fried we were, we didn't go to her friend's party tonight, either. It was supposed to start at 9pm and run until 5am, and neither of us were up for it at all. I dropped her home about 8pm and headed back here.

Over the course of the day, I cleaned up the computer desktop. It really needed it. I filed several publication contracts I'd had sitting around, and several finished pieces that have been sent out to various editors, so things are a little cleaner than they were. I should be able to find what I'm looking for more quickly now. I also dealt with some correspondence that needed to be taken care of, including a letter to Immanion about progress with Circle of Stones and to some friends.

In the midst of all this, I did probably another 200 words or so on the Mandragora piece I've been working on. It's going slowly, but at least it's going. I should be able to focus and do some work tomorrow as well, if all goes according to plan. I've got #writechat after I drag my ass out of bed, but that's talking about writing, and socializing with other writers, so I tend to view it as at least related to work, and they're pretty cool people. It's all to the good.

Hey, [ profile] finnchuill -- when I finish the Mandragora essay, can I run it by you for comments? It's not the sort of thing that requires footnotes, and it touches on stuff we'll be dealing with in our PCon presentation if it's accepted. I think your input would be useful and that you might enjoy it. I'm kind of tempted to send it to you as it stands at the moment and ask what you think of the theme and what you might think would be useful directions. It's just under 1,000 words right now and needs to be 3,000-8,000. The thesis is kind of bare-bones at the moment. I really need to find a copy of Patrick Ford's The Death of Aneirin for part of my work on this. I think I might have a copy floating around here somewhere, but with the state of my non-filing system, it's not a guarantee.

In other news, I can't be certain at this point, but either some or all of the upstairs neighbors are moving out. They were loading a pickup on Wednesday evening when I was heading out for the AFK, and today they were loading out about three or maybe four beds worth of mattresses into the same pickup. If they are moving out, it might be quieter here, and there may be less smoke coming into my place from outside, as a couple of them were smokers and hung out in the parking lot just in front of the walkway into the stairwell. This wouldn't eliminate all the smoking -- the people in the place next door down the hill also smoke, and it always wafts up here if the windows are open at all. Still, any reduction is a good thing.

And now, on to other things. Maybe some writing, maybe just collapsing in a heap and reading until I fall asleep. I'm leaning toward the latter.
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First up, [ profile] finnchuill has sent me the text of the PCon proposal for our joint session:

The Vision Poet

Poets have held roles as seers and visionaries in many archaic and traditional cultures worldwide, performing and practicing as intermediaries with the sacred. In the modern era, certain poets reclaimed/reinvented the poetry of the see-er, including Arthur Rimbaud, the Surrealists, and later the Beats. Today some of us are reconstructing archaic seer-poet traditions like that of Gaelic filidecht, along with working within the modern visionary poet lineages mentioned. Listen to two poets, Erynn Rowan Laurie and Michael Routery, talk about these practices. Writing exercises will follow, so bring something to write with.

Secondly, there's a link up for the book with my geilt and ptsd article in it. They have managed to misspell my middle name but I've sent them an email with a request to fix it dammit (thanks [ profile] lysana). The book is titled Disability and Religious Diversity: Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Perspectives and due to be released on October 25th from Palgrave Macmillan.

This makes a total of two books and twelve anthologies containing my work so far. Pretty good for a professional madwoman, eh?
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I put together a proposal for PCon, as you probably noted if you saw my LJ earlier. I'm certainly inviting further suggestions for a second proposal; it can't hurt to try to get a second session in, after all.

[ profile] gra_is_stor and I watched The Cat Returns, Muppets From Space, and Curse of the Were-Rabbit today, so it was kind of a fun, lazy afternoon. I made a nice dinner for us with marinated portobello mushrooms, asparagus, and curried lentils that was quite tasty.

Later in the evening we worked on some stuff for the Samhain ritual for the schmooze group this year. We've taken a look at the program for the ritual a couple of years ago, sorted through some songs, made lists of tales, and considered some thoughts about stuff to do so that we don't end up just drifting through the vigil. We've got several tales that we've used more than once, that we really enjoy -- Airne Fingen, Echtra Nerai, and Aislinge Meic Con Glinne, among others. We're talking about doing a duet of a short Welsh song, and preparing a meditation or two. It should be a more organized Samhain vigil than in previous years, and we're both feeling pretty good about the preparations so far.

Tomorrow we'll be off to the poly potluck and discussion, where she'll be performing a couple of songs with her harp. I showed her a bunch of stuff I'd done a decade or so ago with Seirm, the Scots Gaelic choir that used to be a part of Sighe nan Gaidheal. (They have changed format and are now more or less a large band with singers.)

In terms of writing projects I need to do, definitely the article for [ profile] nancyblue, but I can't remember what else I'm supposed to be doing. I know I need to finish working on Circle of Stones, but I need both [ profile] alfrecht and [ profile] gra_is_stor to deal with different bits and to hear back from Storm and Tay about the possibility of the sound file for it. I also intend to do the Brigid Flamekeeping volume, which I can start soonish if all goes well. It's definitely getting to be time to get kicking on that one.

Other bits that are on the agenda eventually include a book on geilt and one on filidecht, and a planned second volume that specifically deals with ogam and magic and healing work. That's a more long-term project, though. The stuff on geilt and filidecht are more important at the moment, and will be particularly so after the geilt article comes out late this year in the anthology on disability and world religions.
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I've been meaning to update this for a while, and I finally got around to it. My post is on Aisling, Ársaíocht, agus Agallamh: A Modern CR Triad. Drop by and have a peek.
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I spent a good bit of time today poking about on the intertubes looking for reading material for the April CR schmooze, the topic of which is going to be ethics, virtues, and structure and law in Celtic societies. Several of the relevant short texts are easily available online, so all I had to do was send some links out to the list for that. [ profile] wire_mother also got into the act and contributed some links as well, which I very much appreciated. A couple of links were also tossed up for the law stuff, which also discussed the structure of society (given that they're pretty deeply intertwined), so that part has been pretty much taken care of.

May's schmooze discussion will be on festivals and holy days, so that will require a little digging around too, but I figured I could do that tomorrow. I'm figuring excerpts from The Silver Bough, The Year in Ireland, and a short section from Celtic Heritage will likely cover the basics, with a few examples of minor holidays from stuff like the Carmina Gadelica tossed in to deal with things that are more localized, like the wild carrot harvest festival in Scotland around the fall equinox.

While I seem to be pretty much over the head cold from hell, the tum hasn't been taking too well to that whole eating thing. It's been overreacting to pretty much everything with an overdose of acid, so it's been fairly uncomfortable. Not enough to keep me from eating, but enough to be annoying again, as it had been when the GERD was acting up particularly badly a couple of years back. I'm sure that'll settle eventually, though.

I got an email today from a young poet in Vancouver BC asking about some of the filidecht stuff that I need to answer tomorrow or Tuesday, depending on when I have the bandwidth. He was asking if I'd look at a volume of poetry he's written and perhaps give him a cover blurb, so I need to give him the relevant info so I can get my hands on the manuscript.
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A while back I was sent an interview email for the Patheos website. It took a while for me to answer, given that I was busy with other projects at the time, but now the interview has been posted. I talk about CR, filidecht and geilt, and the Warriors and Kin blog, among other topics.

Here's the link.
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Okay, sent off a few edits sans footnotes to [ profile] lupabitch. Writy reminders under the cut. )
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After getting some of her morning work stuff done, [ profile] lwood and I ventured into the heart of San Francisco to Samovar for tea with [ profile] finnchuill. Food and tea were both fantastic, but it was definitely pricey. Worth it, but ouch.

I was delighted to see [ profile] finnchuill. He and [ profile] lwood had, I think, met in passing at PCon this past year, but were not really acquainted. We talked a little about my trip, about poetry, and about the yummy food. I wasn't feeling done with the conversation after we had finished, so [ profile] lwood hauled us off so she could buy a particular set of knitting needles she had need of, then she dropped us off near the Beat Museum, which is kitty corner across the street from City Lights Books.

City Lights is one of the hearts of the Beat movement and something of a pilgrimage for me. I've been there once before, the first time I went to a PCon when it was still in downtown SF. A lot of west coast poetry history found its ground zero there in readings and publications. I enjoyed the Beat Museum, but to be honest aside from its impressive collection of first editions it wasn't well curated. The gent who runs the place is friendly and helpful. I found a wonderful rare Anne Waldman chapbook that I picked up for a song. He had a few others that were out of my price range but I'm pleased with what I got.

What I think disappointed me most was that the women of the Beats were represented primarily in one small corner alcove rather than being integral throughout the exhibit. He said there wasn't much material available about them, though many of them are, in fact, still alive. I suspect most of the folks going in there have Keroac and Ginsberg fetishes. Certainly they're worthy of notice, but really, so are many of the women involved. I also found a couple of Diane Di Prima books I'd been looking for, so I was very pleased by that -- one at the Beat Museum, the other at City Lights.

When [ profile] finnchuill and I went into City Lights, we ran into his friend and poetry teacher Neeli Cherkovski, who was a charming, interesting older gent. He was a part of the Beats as well, though not one of the better-known ones. He invited us both over to something at "the treehouse" -- [ profile] finnchuill, does he actually live in a treehouse? I know there are some famous ones in the area. I would very much have liked to go along, but I had to be getting back to Oakland to rejoin my sweetie.

As we walked down to the BART station (where I had to figure out how getting a ticket from the machines worked, but I'm clever so I managed it without too much trouble), we talked about filidecht, incubatory practice, vigils, and initiatory experiences in the Gaelic poetic tradition. I'd love to spend more time talking with him about it, but tomorrow morning I'm heading south to Los Angeles.

It was, in fact, a delightful day in many ways. I also finally downloaded a bunch of photos I've taken so far, including a few today of City Lights and such. Once I get home I'll have quite a few to share with everyone. No doubt I'll be taking even more when I get to LA.

On the road again soon, but for now -- SNUGGLES!
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Over the next week or so I'll probably be doing a short series of posts about some of the things I did at PCon this year. I wanted to start with the Ekklesía Antínoou Lupercalia ritual. There were vasty numbers of people in attendance -- 60 or so, in contrast to the smaller numbers last time, and the tiny rituals we do here in Seattle with usually 10 or fewer people. Ave Antinoe! )
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I got up this morning and got myself a spot of tea, after which [ profile] alfrecht arrived back home from visiting his dad and their family. When I took the DoDC+3 out for his walk, there were guys plowing the remainder of the snow out of the parking lot. There are still some big piles in a few places, but at least now the lot is clear and safe for the most part.

Early in the afternoon we proceeded down to Seattle and hung out for a while at Travelers, where we talked to Alan, Leon, and Amy for a bit. I had some genmaicha and a slice of shortbread. [ profile] alfrecht and I talked about the additional essay that [ profile] lupabitch asked me to write for the animism anthology, about filidecht and "Celtic shamanism". Essentially we talked about how, while it can be constructed in modern terms as neo-shamanism, filidecht wasn't conceived as being like shamanism when it was originally being written about in the middle ages. One of the differences is that the filidh were not actually making Otherworld journeys, but were rather seeking visions (active vs. passive Otherworld interactions, if you will), which is an important distinction. How power is conceived of and discussed is different as well. Anyway, I scribbled down a page of notes while we talked and will be thinking about it more later when I sit down to outline the essay.

[ profile] thewronghands met [ profile] alfrecht and me for dinner at a little after 5pm this evening at Queen of Sheba, one of the Ethiopian places up on the Hill. I wasn't certain we were going to be able to carve out any time together this time around because she's been so busy seeing everyone now that the snow has melted. She's been a social whirlwind -- one of her friends walked down to drop her off with us after having tea with her, and after dinner we dropped in briefly at Half Price Books before she was to meet another friend at the B&O for dessert.

We caught up a bit on projects we're all doing with work, writing, spiritual stuff, and in the community. It was great to see her again and I'm delighted that we got to spend some time with her alone, as the last couple of times have involved crowds. Social time is nice, but having a little private time is wonderful as well, so I'm quite grateful. She's flying out at OMG:30 on New Years morning, so slán abhaile, [ profile] thewronghands -- may your flight be as uneventful as humanly possible!

I find it kind of ironic that [ profile] thewronghands, queen of constantly on the move, feels like she's slacking compared to what [ profile] alfrecht and I are doing, but she says that it's in different categories. Me, I'm not sure where she finds time to breathe! I can't see her ever being a slacker by any definition of the word. We're all busy, just with different things.

After she departed to B&O, we stayed a little longer at Half Price to browse. We each found a couple of things we were interested in, so that was nice. After we arrived home, we watched The Last Vampyre with Jeremy Brett, a story I wasn't particularly familiar with. But I was fairly certain they'd mixed in some character bits from another story in order to flesh this one out. I know that the Granada episodes did that from time to time, and didn't always follow canon too closely. I'll forgive them their excesses because Brett was such a fantastic Holmes, and the series is just so much fun to watch.

Tomorrow night [ profile] alfrecht and I will be heading up to the Shinto shrine for the New Years ceremony, as we did last year. It's possible I'll be joining [ profile] yiaya on New Years day to cheer for her when she does her polar bear dunk in the lake. For now, I'm going to curl up and read a little bit, maybe have a snack. I'll likely be heading to bed sometime soonish.


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September 2013



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