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This wealthy and vigorous anthology bargains a extensive number of center English poetry from approximately 1200 to 1500 C. E. , together with greater than one hundred fifty secular and spiritual lyrics and 9 whole or extracted longer works, all translated into sleek English verse that heavily resembles the unique kinds. 5 entire satires and narratives illustrate vital conventions of the interval: "Athelston", a ancient romance; "The Cock and the Fox", a beast fantasy by way of Robert Henryson; "Sir Orfeo", a Breton lai; "Saint Erkenwald", an alliterative saint's lifestyles; and, "The Land of Cockayne", a delusion.
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From Shadow Play (Light & Dust, 1992) Page 43 Journal Entry, West of Reno Not such a bad day. Won seventeen twenty in the slots. Received hard cash for old Gurdjieff books. Offered blue flames to a smiling virgin. Bought gooseberries in a Paiute smoke shop. Pressed Johnny Jump Ups into new notebook. Decorated stone with ribbons for meditative shadow flutter. Raised kitchen window to sound of silence between bird calls. Read about swallowtails and genebanks. Discovered it's not just the tip, but the whole fingernail that grows.