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"Laureate" Laureate speak now lofty phantom to my mind guide my hand I write I write I write receptor of communication things that are not mortal Luminiferous aether sublime not normal writ medium calculating in the script In that other time there you hold me in your mind spiritus mundi consort I with you metaphoric in another world I am in between existing in this Other time your messages received Ectoplasm Seraph wings overseeing guides Some think you mad the invisible seen through spectral mind There I move your hand smooth planchette in your Vision time; Here, you move in mine. Some think you mad. Not I. (LadyLabyrinth / 2020) Music of Forgotten Temples and Abandoned Places https://youtu.be/737dP6K6dd8 “How to Disappear Completely – Seraphim” (2017) https://youtu.be/Lf099gm1Mz8 “Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity…” W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming “On the afternoon of October 24th 1917, four days after my marriage, my wife surprised me by attempting automatic writing. What came in disjointed sentences, in almost illegible writing, was so exciting, sometimes so profound, that I persuaded her to give an hour or two day after day to the unknown writer, and after some half-dozen such hours offered to spend what remained of life explaining and piecing together those scattered sentences. ‘No,’ was the answer, ‘we have come to give you metaphors for poetry.’ “ Introduction to “A Vision” from ‘A Packet for Ezra Pound’ (1937) Spiritus Mundi “'Spiritus Mundi' was a term used by W.B. Yeats to describe the collective soul of the universe containing the memories of all time. From 'Spiritus Mundi,' Yeats believed, came all poets' inspiration. Spiritus Mundi is a Latin term that literally means “World spirit”. In Spiritus Mundi, there is, according to William Butler Yeats, “a universal memory and a ‘muse’ of sorts that provides inspiration to the poet or writer. To Yeats, Spiritus Mundi is the source of all ''images'' and ''symbols,'' a ''collective unconscious.''Spiritus Mundi” is difficult to understand.” “W.B. Yeats married a woman, Georgie (or George) Hyde-Lees, who was thirty years his junior. George was interested in the occult and astrology. One day, in an effort to assure her husband that he had made the right choice in marrying her (he had proposed to two other women before George), she started doing what she called 'automatic writing.' She would sit in a trance and write, often as Yeats asked her questions. Both Yeats and Georgie believed that they were receiving communication from a superior spiritual source, or being. Out of these sessions came Yeats' philosophy of Spiritus Mundi, among other ideas which he published in his book ‘Visions’.” William Butler Yeats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._B._Yeats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Second_Coming_(poem) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ghost_Club Georgie Hyde-Lees https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgie_Hyde-Lees Automatic Writing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_writing W. B. Yeats, George Hyde-Lees, and the Automatic Script https://www.csun.edu/~hceng029/yeats/hedayatirad.html Joan S Carberg, Preview “A Vision” by William Butler Yeats https://www.jstor.org/stable/20024196?seq=1
“The Nobel Prize in Literature 1923 was awarded to William Butler Yeats "for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation."

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Date: 9/16/2020 3:20:00 AM
Pound's Occultism: The Development of Automatic Writing and Occult Philosophy in the Pisan Cantos. / Ezra Pound & W.B. Yeats.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 9/16/2020 3:26:00 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Pound
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 9/16/2020 3:21:00 AM
https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2798&context=all_theses
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 9/16/2020 3:20:00 AM
https://www.nytimes.com/1988/01/10/books/the-odd-couple-pound-and-yeats-together.html
Date: 9/16/2020 2:40:00 AM
Walk-ins. Brian Scott.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 9/16/2020 3:44:00 AM
fascinating....
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Date: 9/16/2020 3:10:00 AM
https://youtu.be/bX78kC_Rdq4
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 9/16/2020 3:09:00 AM
https://authorhour.co/the-reality-revolution-brian-scott/
Date: 8/29/2020 1:06:00 PM
you have crossed into a realm I know intimately as I am a mere carpenter whose words come from beyond and wash upon me at times like rays from a rising sun, as usual I am out of place and time, looking into a world of poets alone in my understanding, apart from it all, and yet at times a voice from beyond enters silently with a need for me to hear
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Date: 8/29/2020 5:12:00 PM
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” x
Date: 8/10/2020 8:17:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD win. WOW!!!! What a poem and information to go with it. Enjoy your win and day...........
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/10/2020 2:51:00 PM
Thank you Paula. I had a moment or two with Yeats, as his wife. x
Date: 8/10/2020 1:25:00 AM
Huge congrats my friend on this excellent piece being awarded POTD.. A very worthy choice. As is all of your very fine poetry! God bless...
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/10/2020 6:19:00 AM
Thank you Lindley. Just sashayed into your profile for a gander. I am especially digging this one at present..."Under Soft Moonlit Skies, Lonely Howls Heard"... I have moved away from my fixation with Yeats and I am now currently researching the Metaphysical poets.
Date: 8/9/2020 1:42:00 PM
Wonderful poem my friend. I had never heard the term 'automatic writing' before. Interesting to think of memories having a place of their own. Congrats on POTD. Stay well.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/9/2020 2:49:00 PM
Thanks McHattie. Whilst Yeats was a brilliant poet, I became more intrigued with his personal history and that of his third wife. Rather spooky goings on, the more one delves deeper. Now I learn, it may not be his body that was exhumed in France and buried in Sligo Ireland...
Date: 8/9/2020 8:36:00 AM
Congratulations on another POTD!
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/9/2020 1:06:00 PM
Danke schön Herr Kauffman.
Date: 8/9/2020 8:27:00 AM
Wonderful work you do! I love William Butler Yeats! I have his complete works on my Kindle. Congratulations!
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/9/2020 1:05:00 PM
I find poets fascinating SW, as people. I also have a thing going on at present with Welsh poets. Thank you.
Date: 8/9/2020 6:55:00 AM
Not I&I... some great writes have been appearing recently...Stars are shining brightly on the Soup...Congratulations Leanne on POTD...
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/9/2020 1:04:00 PM
Indeed. I remember having this discussion with yourself about automatic writing, in one of my other poems; and WW (Light Angel) in another, as well as Swartz (who is AWOL from the Consomme at present), in a few. I gave it a go, in 2011, for real, during a time of trauma - the responses were intriguing. Thank you, trust all is well your side of Hell.
Date: 8/9/2020 5:53:00 AM
When we write from the muse, free flow and automatic, it is our truth coming to guide. Congrats M
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/9/2020 1:11:00 PM
When one is seduced by writing, truth has a way of coming undone slyly like the laces of a John Donne's corset.
Date: 8/9/2020 5:27:00 AM
You have a believer in me. Lovely done. Congratulations on POTD. xomo
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Date: 8/9/2020 1:08:00 PM
I find the dark side fascinating. It shall be the downfalling of me, hang about, I'm already there. Only one way up. I've been thinking you should change your handle to Tit Tart. Tits, as birds, are far more interesting than pigeons. Although pigeons have their merits. Homing, Carrier, Stool. Thanks MM, can't get any more Irish than McGreavy. x
Date: 8/9/2020 4:09:00 AM
WB Yeats / The Man
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/9/2020 4:09:00 AM
https://youtu.be/mgC6RpseAWQ
Date: 8/8/2020 7:37:00 PM
"Nemo: George Yeats and Her Automatic Script"
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 7:38:00 PM
https://www.jstor.org/stable/20057725?seq=1
Date: 8/8/2020 7:01:00 PM
Hermatic Order of the Golden Dawn
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 7:02:00 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetic_Order_of_the_Golden_Dawn
Date: 8/8/2020 6:59:00 PM
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/william-butler-yeats
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 7:04:00 PM
The Ryhmers' Club - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhymers%27_Club
Date: 8/8/2020 6:52:00 PM
"Sailing to Bysantium" / W.B. Yeats
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 6:52:00 PM
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43291/sailing-to-byzantium
Date: 8/8/2020 3:13:00 PM
"When W.B. Yeats wrote prose it had a purpose. Often this purpose was argumentative, to propose or settle an argument (just as often to provoke one), but, although such arguments need not have an end, they could be creative. Prose provided a crucible to test himself, his ideas; and to test others, their responses, answers helping to forge words in new contours.
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Date: 8/8/2020 3:13:00 PM
As his lunar prose text, Per Amica Silentia Lunae, proposed, “We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric; but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry” (Mythologies 331). Since Yeats often drafted arguments for poems in prose, the distinction is anything but clean-cut, formally chiselled though his poetry remained. That word “quarrel,” although excised from his poem “The Sorrow of Love” in 1925 (its sparrows now put to brawling [Variorum Poems 119]), captures a sense of self-consciously playful contrariness, and this mood of argument is joyfully set loose in prose of this period that is contradictory in all senses: saying apparently contrary things, answering back, anticipating or forestalling an expected answer. "
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 3:13:00 PM
Men of Letters: W.B. Yeats A Packet for Ezra Pound. https://journals.openedition.org/erea/6247
Date: 8/8/2020 8:03:00 AM
Within the vanity of mankind rests a need to refuse to believe in any other than mankind's own brief span on earth as the all. Yet the infinite universe laughs at such arrogance, and unyielding blindness. Infinity itself- refutes such shortsightedness. Myself- I receive verses born in dreams and even sometimes -cast from invisible winds. Your own majestic poems- must be in tune with far more than just accumulated knowledge of/in this realm- my friend. A gem and a fav... God bless...
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Date: 8/9/2020 5:33:00 AM
Yeats has always fascinated me. Always seemed to me some of his writings had an unworldly influence " flavor" within and too them.. Tho' not in the same way that I feel it with Poe. With Poe I feel it much, much stronger.. Tho' perhaps that difference is born from certain things in my own mind, from certain very vivid dreams that I have had over these many decades. Same in a way as how verse just come to me and I feel that I --must-- immediately sit down to write them and continue until the poem is finished. Yes, 'tis weird I know....
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 2:45:00 PM
There is certainly 'Life' of some sort after death, whether we are recycled and souls returned to other bodies in other times/dimensions, or we a permanently housed in heaven, hell or eternally wondering the Pages of Purgatory.
Date: 8/8/2020 5:34:00 AM
When the tables turn inside our mind it is here we find the true calling of humanity. Helplessness, hopelessness surrender to the wind of man and the forces at hand. In life there is death and in death there is life.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 3:20:00 PM
Are you kidding? I need to get away from the screen. I am now having an affair with a dead poet, I need to get out of the pages and consort with a real lover. Perhaps I can automatically write myself, that may alleviate the pain.
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Date: 8/8/2020 2:43:00 PM
You need to watch "Dark" on Netflix
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 2:27:00 PM
I wrote this poem, not with the current state of the world in mind. I have an interest in all things spiritual, which of course, includes the Occult and supernatural, it has for many years, in fact, since my mother died many years ago, when I was 9yrs and she was 32yrs. The possibility that there are other dimensions intrigues me (heaven, may be one of those dimensions; how many heavens are there? And of course there is purgatory and hell (and how many of those ...) – when one considers the ‘religious’ take on it all.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 2:27:00 PM
I am interested in the scientific perspective, that perhaps there are a multitude of dimensions); and also that when we die, the concept that we do not just fade to black and rot in the ground and that is the end of the story, enthralls me. The story must continue, surely, for where do we go when we dream? “We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep. There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 2:27:00 PM
I’ve had a few paranormal experiences, including my sisters, which they would confirm (I know they are reading my poetry and short stories). Some of my experiences, have been downright strange and perplexing. They say some people are more receptive to experiences such as auditory, visual, or sensing supernatural presence or communicating with the afterlife.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 2:27:00 PM
When one considers NDE’s, have these people truly experienced life after death, for a short period of time and returned to deliver their messages, their truth? Or is it just a lack of oxygen to the brain and a final hallucination before our ‘light’ is turned off, so to speak, yet these people return to the living with all sorts of stories of where they traveled and what occurred to them, when they were clinically dead for a short while. It is certainly a mystery and that fascinates me.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 2:25:00 PM
I have often wondered where my writing comes from, is it the soul? Or am I indeed, automatic writing from some other ‘source’? If the muse is the soul, then is it considered automatic writing? My words, that I write, sometimes form half adequate stories/poems (I am sure some will consider, 'complete rubbish'), then other times, I read them back and wonder where the words came from, when I am conceited enough to think the words I have delivered remarkable? I have commented on other poetry within my pages here, where I have communicated this to other poets who have entered into conversation with me about the possibility of ‘automatic’ writing and their obvious interest in the supernatural.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 2:25:00 PM
This poem came about with myself researching W.B.Yeats (a poet Laureate) and his poem that commences with a falcon (The Second Coming). Of course, I was aware of W.B. Yeats and had read some of his poems. To be honest I was initially attracted to his photo as a young man and his military history. Very handsome. ;) . After reading his poem, The Second Coming, this lead me to information about his wife, Georgia Hyde-Lees (his third wife) and their interest in the afterlife, but more specifically, their foray into automatic writing and the supernatural, and their further collaboration on creative projects as man and wife.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 2:25:00 PM
I saw romantic merit in their creative partnership through a method that was highly unusual, and would have been considered bordering on ‘madness’ at a time when the world was leaving belief in all things supernatural and more geared toward factual, scientific evidence. The more I research Georgia Hyde-Lees, I began to think, there is more to this story…and I will continue to delve into her history. Her character interests me more so than Yeats, in a way, because less is known of her than Yeats, so she is a 'mystery'. I note she is referred to as 'George' and my own daughter, Georgia, I refer to as 'George', so we have that commonality driving me as well to explore another 'Georgia'/George more fully.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 2:25:00 PM
This poem, is about the possibility of myself, travelling back in time (after my death) to another 'dimension', the time of W.B. Yeats and I have been speaking through Georgia Hyde-Lees hand (automatic writing) to Yeats and in turn, with his concept of spiritus mundi, he is somehow in visitation with me, in my life time (the 'Now'), sharing his thoughts and words and giving me instruction….through my automatic writing.
Date: 8/7/2020 9:33:00 PM
Gorgeously penned, a tribute to the spirt realm, automatic writing, and your exquisite knowledge and ability to use words in them most wonderful and sage fashion. Lady Labyrinth. Maybe one of your best poems A favorite for me.
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 8/8/2020 3:18:00 AM
I have been researching Yeats and his wife, Georgie Hyde-Lees for around a week now...it is so very interesting to me to learn that Yeats and his wife (a partnering of creative souls), were intrigued by the Occult and the thought that perhaps our writing is guided from a supernatural source, far outside of the 'muse'. The more I delve into their history, the more intrigued I am to discover that a Laureate, explored his creativity through alternative methods, such as automatic writing and the supernatural. The fact that he collaborated with his wife, seems very romantic to me...but then, I'm a hopeless romantic. ;) x Thank you, I knew you would like and so welcome your comment.