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All here in the broken breaking day

are found splashed by light.

It cannot both be ‘here’ and ‘now’

there are indeterminate emergence-ies.

I am contaminated with time

and you, my love who,  swung away

in your orbit  are forever out of reach.

The Hag and the Hungry Goblin or Tom a Bedlam is a poem that has fascinated me since it was first bought to my attention by my Brother and Sister in law who edited a fanzine called ‘The Hag and the Hungry Goblin” . It’s author is unknown bur he must have been a poet of considerable talent.  The rhymes and rhythms are complex as is the imagery.  Whether the poet was mad or whether he was writing about madness we will never know.  Its date of creation could go back to the early 15th century as Bedlam is mentioned by Shakespeare and documents are extant from 1405 that mention it as a hospital for lunatics.  Even though Tom”s visions are cosmic the madness is personal.

A suitable literary environment for a blog reborn in the first year of the second decade of 21st century.  ‘Here on this beach of the tumid river’  everything is contingent, emergent, contextual and self referential – a finer definition of madness would be hard to find.  The madness has moved from subjective experience to the existential arena.  Tom was mad in what was a sane ordered world (though fallen).  Today we are more or less sane in a mad mad mad world.

So hopefully this reborn blog will be my, doubtless vane, attempt to ride a moon beam through the larger lunacy.


The moon’s my constant Mistrisse,
And the lowly owl my morrowe,
The flaming Drake and the Nightcrow make
Me music to my sorrow.
Title – apologies to Lesley Alcock, Verse from ‘The Hag and the Hungry Goblin’ by Anon.

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