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Vale Ave -- Latin for "Farewell, Hail" -- is a hymn to Eros that unfolds as a gorgeous palimpsest of eternal recurrence and reincarnation, charting the course of two lovers who each seek the other across cultures, myths, and centuries. Vale Ave is alchemical -- "mystery and portent, yes, but at the same time," as H. D. writes, "there is Resurrection and the hope of Paradis ...more
Paperback, 63 pages
Published July 10th 2013 by New Directions
(first published August 1st 1991)
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New Directions' edition from last year republishes (& handsomely, I might add) a great lost work of our Poetess who is already facing becoming lost herself, falling out of the sight of the literary consciousness at large. The title takes its cue from Swinburne's "Ave Atque Vale", his ode to Baudelaire that, like H.D.'s garden, sets forth an homage in the form of flowers that are flames lit out from arcana, but ramps up the autobiography & interrogative mode & lyrical hermetic meditat ...more
Fine writing, as is usual for HD, and subject matter that loops in and around several different love stories over various centuries--I'm not sure how long it would have taken me to figure that out without her short introduction. What is the poem "about"? Hard to say. Very oblique and strange, also not unusual for HD.
An innovative modernist writer, Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961) wrote under her initials in a career that stretched from 1909 to 1961. Although she is most well known for her poetry—lyric and epic—H.D. also wrote novels, memoirs, short stories, essays, reviews, a children’s book, and translations. An American woman who lived her adult life abroad, H.D. was engaged in the formalist experimentation that ...more
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