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A.E.M. Baumann

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Epigraphs

 

The Knossian Oracles

      Περὶ Ποιητικῆς . . .

            1   2   3

      Daedalus in Tartarus

            4   5   6

      L'Origine, Salomé I

            7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15

            16   17

      L'Origine, Salomé II

            18   19   20   21   22   23   24

      The Night Sea Crossing

            25   26   27   28   29   30

      The Garden of Venus

            31

      The Incantations of Isis and
      Osiris

            32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39

      Imago Dei

            40   41   42   43   44   45   46

      The Seven Dreams of Paris

            47   48   49   50   51   52

      The Axiom of Maria
      Prophetissa

            53   54   55   56   57   58   59   60

            61   62   63   64   65   66   67   68

            69   70   71   72   73   74   75   76

            77   78   79   80   81   82   83

 

And the Light Falls, Remir

      Mystery

      Arcanum

      Alchemy

      The Occult

      Love

      Art

      Grace

 

Notes

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      Table of Fragments

      An Incomplete Bibliography

 

 


 

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Cold stone and creaking wood. Spiraling chambers and redoubling shelves. Within the many books, seven words, seven small phrases, which, adeptly worked, will speak of the yes and no in all things. Seven words, the search for which will reveal the means to create that uttering and the means to the understanding of what it is that he is creating.

Seven words somewhere within the books: he needs only look upon them to recognize them. Toward that end he holds in his pocket a handful of threads, some thin, some long; piles on a table an armful of familiar starting points, a second of unfamiliar leads, a third of plain-faced hunches. Alone to one side and open an especial favorite, a frequent companion: a book of ancient Egyptian texts, of Old Kingdom rites. It is a favorite not only in content but also in its being. Deferentially, seated before it, he traces the edge of its cover; he runs its pages between finger and thumb; he presses his nose to its gutter, thinking to smell deep within the binding, within the hieroglyphs, within the phonetic phrasings and ink drawings, everywhere upon the softly yellow pages, something of his Salomé.