Clark Ashton Smith
Clark Ashton Smith Poems
- Averoigne In Averoigne the enchantress weaves Weird spells ...
- To The Sun Thy light is an eminence unto thee And thou art ...
- Saturn Now were the Titans gathered round their king In a ...
- Sphinx And Medusa The old constraint of an essential ...
- Future Pastoral Dearest, today I found A lonely spot, such ...
- The Hashish Eater -Or- The Apo...
- Wizard's Love O perfect love, unhoped-for, past despair! I ...
Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961) was a self-educated American poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne. As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics alongside Ambrose Bierce, Joaquin Miller, Sterling, Nora May French, and remembered as "The Last of the Great Romantics" and "The Bard of Auburn".
Smith was one of "the big three of Weird Tales, along with Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft", where some readers objected to his morbidness ... more »
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In Averoigne the enchantress weaves
Weird spells that call a changeling sun,
Or hale the moon of Hecate
Down to the ivy-hooded towers.
At evening, from her nightshade bowers,
The bidden vipers creep, to be
The envoys of her malison;
And philtres drained from tomb-fat leaves
Drip through her silver sieves.
In Averoigne swart phantoms flown
From pestilent moat and stagnant lake
Glide through the garish festival
In torch-lit cities far from time.
Whether for death or birth, the chime
Of changeless bells equivocal
Clangs forth, while carven satyrs ...