the way down to Hades is easy:

    night & day the dim gates lie open –

    but to retrace your steps to the upper air

    that’s the effort, that the work


The journey to the underworld is also a descent into memory. Portals open in Venice and the Peak District; in the necromancy of Greek tragedy and the baked landscape of Avignon. Strange and familiar roads converge on the dead / anagnorisis / the encounter with the Other where all language fails.


'Ibant Obscuri' by Gareth Prior (54 pages)



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