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IN A SHORT SPACE OF TIME : Illustrated Edition - by Adam PATHOS

Through the four stages of this verse cycle the poet takes us on the journey of a soul that has returned to earth to review its life 'in a short space of time'. It is a moving and mystic journey, a story told and a collection of poetry at one and the same time.

"I hear you breathe unsleeping in the unquiet grave of night. I meet you walk unthinking in that deathful house, deprived of sight. Do not wait an instant longer, dispel the darkness, part this day - leave this mansion far behind and enter empires of supernal light - " Adam Pathos

About this Book: This 3rd Edition of Adam Pathos's 'In a Short Space of Time' is the 'White Edition', the way that the poetry first appeared in 1998. Published originally as the separate poetry collections 'Even We Are in Arcadia', 'Unborn Tomorrow' and others (1997-1998), the poetry in this verse cycle has been in print for over two decades and it has not stopped attracting new readers. Both romantic and anti-romantic at the same time, infused throughout with the spirit of philosophy, this is a 'Verse Cycle' that tells the story of a soul requiring to be returned to earth to relive its life and all the thoughts and feelings it experiences. Is it Reincarnation or 'Eternal Return'? - that is for the reader to decide. Includes full textual annotations of foreign words and phrases used. The text is laid out exactly as in the 1st edition.

Structure of this Work: Perhaps the best way in which to convey the essence of this 'Cycle of Verse' is by presenting its structure and contents, from which the prospective reader will be able to see if the titles and the layout of the work appeal to him or her. It contains 34 poems, in the following order:

§0 "You I do not know"
bk i en recherche de la lumière (in search of light)
§01 I hear the sleepers sleeping / §02 the breath of a poet / §03 beyond the Beyond / §04 unborn tomorrow / §05 no more plastic roses / §06 "avoid this love" / §07 yours ever / §08 Stillness Road
bk ii the book of fate (memories of the future)
§01 Metropolitan Junction / §02 "You have been mine before" / §03 absinthe in absentia / §04 american roulette / §05 the fall of the Arcturian / §06 memories of the future / §07 the signature of nature / §08 Tat Tvam Asi
bk iii in a short space of time
§01 the Great Bear of the North / §02 "love me when I die" / §03 bard of the south / §04 in the afterlight / §05 flowers of the past / §06 avoiding the inevitable / §07 You am I / §08 "missa olet Iso Karhu?"
bk iv the Sacred Mountain
§01 halls of darkness / §02 the Ascent / §03 silent light / §04 the stone mirror / §05 Sun in Our Eyes / §06 Sat Chit Ananda / §07 "even we are in Arcadia" / §08 panopticon
§00 in a short space of time

Extract 2:
"You I do not know"

You I do not know
I want to see
Your face
You
I
do not
know now
far removed from here

You have never been
other than You
and
I
have
never been
other than me I am

alternative visions of
thousands of
dozens of
different
things

will Your
body return
through this door
or is all time a myth

Extract 2:
(from 'Love Me When I Die')

Love me when I die
I shall be near
love me
when
I die
I am not
far from here

amethystine sapphire
resting on Your
chest
- a pendulum
of stone caressing flesh

sapphire my companion
give her
life
to
give her
back to me
sapphire my
companion
give her
love
to
bring her
here to me

I love You when I die
I shall be near
I love You
when
I die
I’ll be not
far from here”

immortal souls
are ever
young
for
spirits
never age.

A Special Book: A one-of-a-kind volume of poetry that has the power to move to tears and to make a person dream the dreams they have never allowed themselves to. Written over twenty years ago the poetry reads as fresh as if it had been written today. It is romantic and anti-romantic, serious yet never taking itself too seriously as to allow for no humour. This is an exceptional book of poetry.

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