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Alms for Oblivion: A Poem in Seven Parts book coverAlms for Oblivion: A Poem in Seven Parts

by Bryce Milligan


Linen Paper, hand sewn spine -- OP -- Ebook only!, 42 pages

Published by Aark Arts (London). Distributed in the US by Wings Press
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ePub ISBN: 978-1-60940-096-5
Kindle ISBN: 978-1-60940-097-2
Library PDF ISBN: 978-1-60940-098-9

Alms for Oblivion is a 400-line quest poem, seeking the roots of inspiration, in which the protagonist is split in half — the "he" represents the rational, scientific mind; the "I" is a mystic romantic, deeply imbued with muse lore ranging from Fanny Brawne to Cerddwen to the Ur-poet Enheduanna's goddess Inanna. New World and Old World mythologies are intertwined. Eventually, the split protagonist reintegrates and finds that both sides are seeking the same thing. Two of other collections by Milligan, Daysleepers and Working the Stone, covered some of the same ground -- both were muse-quests -- but the poet claims that Alms is his final word on the subject: "It is odd how some poets get so obsessed with a single theme, even a single image. I know all this may sound like 19 th c. male Romantic rubbish, or perhaps purely pagan hallucinations, but for me, the experience of the muse has always been incredibly real."

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