“facilis descensus Averno” (Virgil’s “Aeneid”). My translation from Latin: “It is easy to descend into infernal places”.

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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go” (TS Eliot, preface to Transit of Venus: Poems by Harry Crosby). Similarly, “You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough” (W Blake, Proverbs of Hell, line 46).

time forgets…

time forgets
how to speak
how to love
how to think
images sleepily
manifest
the moment
drunkenly
stumbling
into crassness
or beauty
worship
o worship
for none
but the hell of the
boiler-room brain
glared back at
cursed at
imprisoned
oranges
gliding
tempting
commands
accidents perpetual
recompense
for the twisted
sadism
of the non-smilers
closed closet
dark room
dark cave
singly lit
and lounging
intensely
intent
upon some such thing
as gardens
or war fields
rippling ripping
your poor sickness
of a mind
made green
render blue skies
infinite
watched atop
the firs
all of the
private things
of love’s rolling over
daisied
focused
it’s easy
too easy
intoxicating
benevolence
not captured
really
in tin cans
slogans
and phraseology
one minute
a thousand
of habits
and denials
i’m forgetting
slowly
soon
i hope
i’ll forget.