In the reading repeated. The practical craft.
Perhaps. There. Is a threshold upon
or within which. Like twine. There. Is the rite
in the writing. Between teeth. To be.
four hermetic stanzas
Forgotten within is forever ungrounded.
Forever to follow that barely veiled blessing.
That sevenfold twilight.
Wet every last rosethorn. We otherwise write.
Thereafter is embertongue elsewhere to suffer
unspeaking that absence. Thereafter as if to be
wounded no more.
Beloved that absence unending of sympathy.
Never by embertongue. Otherwise
whispered as elsewhere is whispered awake.
Verdant thereafter. As every last rosethorn
grows whyless. That sudden shade
into which we could be gathered.
To welcome unknowing that flame.
We could be never so lovely that flame.
Andrew Maxwell studies medieval literature, with particular interests in contemplative writing and apophatic theology.
Andrew's Book Recommendations
Jos Charles, feeld
Hildegard of Bingen, trans. Priscilla Throop, Physica
Marguerite Porete, trans. M.N., The Mirror of Simple Souls
Hadewijch, trans. Mother Columba Hart, Complete Works