Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My First Meeting with Donald Sidney-Fryer 2013

K.A. Opperman and I had a lovely time meeting the Courtly Poet, Donald Sidney-Fryer.  He was such a gentleman and showed us around his house and beautiful yard.  He talked about many different subjects, played his lute for us, and then we each recited one of our poems in turn.  He was happy to recite my favorite poem of his, Your Mouth of Pomegranate.  He then treated us to lunch at a favorite deli's of his.  We went back to his house a gave me some interesting things since he was in the process of moving and he wanted to get rid of some things to lighten the load.  He gave me two skull shaped candles and a lovely jewelry box.  He has moved twice since we visited him and now resides in Auburn, CA,the home of the Emperor of Dreams, Clark Ashton Smith.  We definitely plan on visiting him again one day.  We still keep in touch through mail.      

Don is the author of the Atlantis Fragments and Songs and Sonnets Atlantean.  Here is an insert about his Atlantis Fragments.

"Was the continent of Atlantis real or purely the speculations based on years of myth and fable? That's a question that won't be answered here or in the near future. But what will be discussed here are the three volumes of poetry that Donald Sidney-Fryer has written with the Atlantean continent and peoples as his inspiration.

This omnibus volume was first published in three volumes from three different publishers over a thirty year period and Hippocampus has risen to the occasion of keeping this collection of unique verse available to the poetry lovers, fans of the Lovecraftian Circle, and the science fiction fans who believe there is more to the world than we know today.

There are songs, sonnets, stanzas, and prose that show the life and happenings on Atlantis as well as poems dedicated to some of the people who became special to Sidney-Fryer. There are poems of romance, funeral dirges, long narratives, short missives, and memorials. There are notes to help the reader better understand the complexities of some of the works as well as descriptions of the locales. This is a valuable book not only for making the poetry available to today's readers, but also for its place in increasing the powers of wordsmithing and imagination."


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