24/03/2016: Acid in the Pages 1

(It’s strange, how weirdly inspiring (in terms of art) English Literature degrees can be sometimes. Sadly, though, I think the metaphor here is going to be a little lost.

This is, I should mention, not really a poem – this is something closer to a work in progress. Hence the numbering; perhaps I’ll come back to this idea. It’s a lovely one, regardless.)

(Oh, and for those of you reading who are a little lost as to the symbolism, here’s how it works: prior to the 19th Century, books were read only by an elite few, and hence, paper was of a high, low acid quality. We move to the 19th Century, the introduction of the printing press, and we need paper in higher quantities, so we move to wood pulp (hence the term ‘pulp novels’) which are of a high acid quality, and degrade faster. This is why, oddly, books from the 15th Century are better preserved than books from the 19th Century. It’s a lovely factoid, and a piece of symbolism I’d like to return to.)

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12/03/2016: Orchard: What Dreams We May

(Wow. I totally failed this month. Sorry, honors is kicking my ass. And my kicking my ass I mean ‘I am enjoying it thoroughly but losing large amounts of free time to research, reading and doing things that allow me to not lose my mind, of which this blog is not one’. So, yeah. Fortunately I have most of today to do crap, so I’m using this morning to do this.

Not-really prequel to The Midnight Thieves and The Burning Lily; this one explicitly introduces four main characters as well as the Orchard of Sorrows.)

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