A Mining Incident

02/13/17

This is the skull of a goat. Filled with grease, it makes a fine lamp..
This is a torch made of a bundle of dried rushes.
These are the people who condemn the monster for appearing uglier than he really
is.
This is a bronze olive oil burner and this is a basket to hold fire.
Most emotions, after being mixed, had to be melted out of the fears which
contained them. They are easier to pound into shape when they are heated.
Here is an iron lamp bound by air. It cannot illuminate the fears of its owner.
And this is a candle bird. Its light flies through the sky and enters the cave of the
heart.
For many hundreds of years the monster has been waiting to show us our own
hearts. This light is held in a shell.
Here is a dwarf blacksmith strong enough to kill a shadow entering from the flame
of ignorance. He’s alone because his job is too big for a crowd.


Fiction. Modern Abstract Fables.

(First edition, hardcover with dustjacket, 524 pages, $36.50 USD.)



Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days draws from fairy tales, a condescending of a 1938 Social Studies reader for 6th grade, an 1890 handbook on marital compatibility, numerous annoying educational advancement studies, the myths and legends of third-world countries and minority peoples, pulp fiction, a history of carnival side shows, folktales, frequent conversations with Crows, Owls and a wide variety of underground inhabitants, insects and the people who collect them, Joseph Cornell, Günter Eich, Russell Edson, the French Surrealist poets, the Quay Brothers, letterpress printing, and the author’s inability to channel his imagination linearly.

Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.