To Michael Staley- I'm the person who recently ordered 'Convolvulus' from you on ebay- many thanks for the fast response and I'm enjoying it a lot. It might amuse you to know that I experienced a synchronicity involving a drawing of a vampire squid, no less, a few days after receiving the book. I'll save the details, because I plan to write about it on the blog soon, but it made me laugh and scratch my head simultaneously- usually a good combination. All the best from the Shoreline.
I'm glad that you're enjoying Convolvulus, a lovely collection of Kenneth Grant's poetry over the years. You were lucky to have one of the last few copies, since it will soon be out of print. It will of course to reprinted in due course.
I love synchronicities, as I'm sure do we all. Discovered a curious one myself recently, more details of which I'll be posting to LAShTAL soon, once I've done a little more research.
The vampire squid piece is online now- it's currently the lead post at http://thehauntedshoreline.wordpress.com/
Interesting. Say, were you one of the contributors to English Heretic's "Wyrd Tales 2"? The reason I ask is I noticed your mention of them in the blog. From your very first post and your handle I've had a hunch. Either way, I highly recommend "Wyrd Tales 2" and indeed anything by English Heretic! BIG EH fan here!
There's a connection, in that I do know the EH folks and have shared/discussed ideas with them, but I haven't been involved in any EH projects- I only got to know them recently, through doing the Shoreline blog, in fact.
I have a copy of Wyrd Tales 2 and some of the ideas/approach/reference points are similar to those I use for the blog, so I understand why you made that connection.
Haunted_Shoreline: Fantastic post re the Vampire Squid! I really like your blog. Welcome to LAShTAL!
Nice synchronicities thanks for sharing. I think that is an awesome illustration of the vampire squid you found, as a heart.
Im glad you are enjoying convolvulus I don't usually like poetry as a whole but this book was awesome and it also opened up many channels for me so to speak. The line drawings are fantastic and the choice of green ink is wonderful.
Yes, the Spare illustrations are wonderful- and the use of green throughout the book works very well, both visually and in terms of deeper resonances. In fact the book is something of a magical artefact in its own right. The colour green is mentioned in many of the poems. In 'Holy Ground', one of the earliest poems in the book, it is identified as the colour of shadows in moonlight, and I wonder if that's a clue to its significance elsewhere in the book too.
I'll be honest and say I find Grant's poetry hit-and-miss- there are places where it seems a bit formulaic or schlocky to me- but the best ones are superb. My favourites so far are 'The Silent Ones' and 'The Beating Dust', where there is a remarkable flow of words and imagery without resort to cliche. Both very powerful.
Thanks to all who have made positive comments about the Shoreline blog.