The Boundary Stone
by C von Hassett
Nothing of you but breakage,
scattered bone, a length of which
Black, charred, one with all else,
its drippings run with light,
its marrows the fats of luminous night…
And so begins The Boundary Stone.
Back Cover Blurb
Amid the smoking ruins of some earthly apocalypse, and with only a bone lit from the remaining fires, the narrator of this remarkable poem wanders. He comes upon an enormous hole in a desert torched to glass and, without pause, tosses himself in. There, in the dark terrains below, he sets out in search of his beloved. His pilgrimage takes him deep through riverbed and faulting rock, through mesmeric canyons and caverns oncely scribed, through windswept barrens and landscapes becoming luminous and alive. It is a stunning descent that at all times leads up.
The Boundary Stone is a magical, near mythical journey of transcendence and renewal. Its telling is stark, as if an emanation of the very absence it evokes. In this it haunts, yet the elision leaves entry for imagery wholly given to soar – on wing among the wonders of the vast interiors themselves.
C von Hassett is a writer, editor, and the publisher of Riot Material magazine. He is a onetime professor of literature and a decades-long practitioner of Dzogchen, a radical if not revolutionary wisdom practice which points the practitioner directly toward the recognition of their own mind in its natural state – there but to awaken. His new book, Entering the Mind, is a richly poetic and deeply insightful exploration of that transformative practice. Hassett currently lives with his wife and two dogs in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree.
Leave a Reply