He Maudlin Be

This oddity of a work is infused with the mixture of Seranoga’s beloved ‘Maria’ and the more earthly sexualised conception -Mary Magdelene. Maudlin is clearly a play on ‘Magdelene’, and ‘He’ maybe the bisexual Seranoga himself, enjoying the perversity of being one of his beloved ‘Marys’. The rest of the verse is riddled with mythic/occult…

Lent

Lent is a curious later work (circa 1967) written for his short collection ‘Pocket Myriads’. A total decoding seems impossible though the basic theme is relatively clear. The first verse speaks of noble Christian pursuits. Ignatius is the Saint Ignatius who founded the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). This line carries a Joycean ring -Dedalus…

Here I am

Another small poem from ‘Songs of the River’, ‘Here I am’ is as enigmatic as anything Seranoga wrote. Much has been made of the difference of definition between ‘stars explode’ (any star), ‘three rivers flow’ (specific) and a ‘few stones roll’  (indeterminate yet clearly not all). These have been considered has elemental references with air…

The Riverman

  The Riverman   What is the river for? The river seeks our abidance. It rolls through our days Chronos and on. They are grateful to wallow in its shallows and deeps. Where can we dwell but by the water?   You said to me.   This translation of the ‘The Riverman’ is an early…