Reliquiae Vol 10 No 1 (Spring 2022)
Edited by Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton
‘ghost footings of a library rising’
Harmonia Mundi borrows its title from Johannes Kepler’s melodious theory of the heavens, but the ‘alarming geometry’ that Tim Lilburn presents in these forty-one poems is far from harmonious. Part One, ‘The Philosophical History’, focuses on the suppression of Plato’s Academy in the early 6th century, followed by its disastrous relocation to the court of Khusrau in Persia. Part Two, ‘Actants, Conatus’, is rooted in contemporary Canada, albeit with a cast of characters that include Augustine, Christ, Duns Scotus, Aelred of Rievaulx and even Kepler himself. These two apparently disparate sections are connected by their preoccupation with loss — with ‘beauty infiltrated everywhere’ — and by a feeling of political disaffection at the demise of certain sustaining paradigms. Harmonia Mundi is a timely and darkly visionary text, which, amid the spreading collapse of the world around us, clings to a single, urgent truth: ‘You must hate / nothing’.
‘Tim Lilburn’s turn to dromenon, to the ritual pageantry of the visionary recital, is at once historical drama and vivid theurgy. One of our great visionary poets is manifesting kaleidoscopically.’ (Peter O’Leary)
Reliquiae interleaves ecologically aware writing from the past and present, ranging from the ethnological to the philosophical, the lyrical to the visionary. As of 2019 it is published biannually.
Vol 10 No 2 features:
Wáng Ānshí (Carolanna Lisonbee, Trans.), Aztec mythology (Daniel G. Brinton, Trans.), Natasha Balwit, Annie Besant, Ursula Bethell, Binisayâ folklore (Alton Melvar M. Dapanas, Trans.), Boethius (Victoria Punch, Trans.), Laura J. Braverman, Thomas Burnet, Chiyo (Clara A. Walsh, Trans.), Jose Gabriel Dávila, Kim Dorman, William Fairfield Warren, Alexandra Fössinger, James A.S. Grant, Lafcadio Hearn, Christopher Hopkins, Icelandic mythology (Nik Gunn, Trans.) Inuit folklore (Knud Rasmussen, W. Worster, G. Herring, Trans.), Fiona M. Jones, Edward G. King, Kootenay folklore (A.F. Chamberlain, Trans.), Jennifer Lee Tsai, Jane Lovell, Amy Lowell, Peter O’Leary, The Popol Vuh (Lewis Spence, Trans.), Donald A. Mackenzie, Autumn Richardson (Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Trans.), Lola Ridge, Kao Shih-chi (Florence Ayscough and Amy Lowell, Trans.), Richard Skelton, Li T’ai-po (Florence Ayscough and Amy Lowell, Trans.), Wabanaki folklore and mythology (Charles Godfrey Leland, John Reade, Trans.), G.C. Waldrep, The Courtesan Wáng Wēi (Carolanna Lisonbee, Trans.), Tamar Yoseloff.