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By Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s 3rd assortment opens with a collection of lyric experiments whose tune and mutable syntax discover the social kinfolk hid in fabric issues. O’Brien’s poems degree the “vague cadence” of lifestyle, trying out either the price and bounds of artwork in a time of vanishing publics and everlasting conflict. The lengthy name poem, written in a strict iambic prose, charts the disappearance of the poetic into the prosaic, of meter into the mundane, whereas reactivating the very chances it mourns: O’Brien’s prosody invests the prose of items with the intensities of verse. within the charged house of this hybrid shape, items develop into topics and experience pivots mid-sentence into tune: “The solar revolves round the earth revolves round the sun.”

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They whisper; angels say, Sister Spirit, come away! What is this absorbs me quite? Steals my senses, shuts my sight, Drowns my spirits, draws my breath? Tell me, my soul, can this be death? The world recedes; it disappears! Heav’n opens on my eyes! my ears With sounds seraphic ring: Lend, lend your wings! I mount! I fly! O Grave! where is thy victory? O Death! where is thy sting? Popens sterbender Christ an seine Seele Lebensfunke, vom Himmel erglüht, Der sich loszuwinden müht! Zitternd-kühn, vor Sehnen leidend, Gern und doch mit Schmerzen scheidend – End’, o end’ den Kampf, Natur!

Er kann durch einen Stellvertreter unterstützt werden. Die beiden Aufseher verrichten mit dem Meister vom Stuhl die rituelle Arbeit. Symbol des Ersten Aufsehers ist die Wasserwaage. Sie steht für das gleiche Recht aller Menschen, unabhängig von Geburt, Religion und Weltanschauung. Dem Zweiten Aufseher ist das Lot oder Senkblei zugeordnet, das Symbol der Gradheit und Wahrhaftigkeit des Handelns (weitere Beamte sind im Glossar beschrieben). Die klassische Freimaurerei findet mit drei Graden – Lehrling, Geselle und Meister – ihr Auslangen.

Lebende Personen konnten nur in geringster Zahl aufgenommen werden. Sie unterliegen der freimaurerischen Deckung, die in Ländern wie Ungarn oder Polen zuletzt wieder zur Existenzfrage wurde. Nach Jahrzehnten erst faschistischer und dann stalinistischer Verfolgung ist es dort jetzt wieder gefährlich, Freimaurer zu sein. Auf die Berücksichtigung der zum Teil sublimen Werke, in denen sich Nicht-Freimaurer wie Jean Paul, Leo Tolstoi, André Gide, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse oder Fernando Pessoa mit dem Bund auseinandersetzten, musste verzichtet werden.

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