Excerpt from The Time of The Assasins : In Which the Poet Takes Flight

March 3, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

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Excerpt from

The Time of The Assasins :

a study of Rimbaud

by Henry Miller

Conditioned to ecstacy, the poet is like a gorgeous unknown bird mired in the ashes of thought. If he succeeds in freeing himself, it is to make a sacrificial flight to the sun. His dreams of a regenerate world are but the reverberations of his own fevered pulse beats. He imagines the world will folow him, but in the blue he finds himself alone. Alone but surrounded by his creations; sustained, therefore, to meet the supreme sacrifice. THe impossible has been achieved; the duologue of the author with the Author is consumated, And now forever through the ages the song expands, warming all hearts, penetrating all minds. At the periphery the world is dysing away; at the center it glows like a live coal. In the graet solar heart of the universe the golden birds are gathered in unison. There it is forever peave, harmony and communion. Man does not look to the sun in vain; he demands light and warmth not for the corpse which he will one day discard but for his inner being. His greatest desire is to burn with ecstasy, to commerge his little flame with the central fire of the universe. If he accords the angels wings so that they may come to him with messages of peace, harmony and radiance from the worlds beyond, it is only to nourish his own dreams of flight, to sustain his own belief that he will one day reach beyond himself, and on wings of gold.

One creation matches another; in essence they are all alike. The brotherhood of man consists not in thinking alike, nor in acting alike, but in aspiring to praise creation. The song of creation springs from the ruins of earthly endeavor. The outer man dies away in order to reveal the golden bird in which is winging its way toward divinity.

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