Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ride, boldly ride

El Dorado
Edgar Allen Poe

Gaily bedight,

A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old - 
This knight so bold - 
And o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow - 
"Shadow," said he,
"Where can it be - 
This land of Eldorado?"

"Over the mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,"
The shade replied - 
"If you seek for Eldorado!"

In the mythology of the Muisca today, El Dorado (Mnya) represents the energy contained in the trinity of Chiminigagua, which constitutes the creative power of everything that exists. Chiminigagua is, along with Bachué, Cuza, Chibchachum, Bochica, and Nemcatacoa, one of the creators of the universe.

The creative power of everything that exists. Then El Dorado is clouds of Peruvian potatoes and bare feet on sand. It is rock and fire and the mind's eye and Shanna's figs-to-fingers wonderments. The creative power of everything that exists. Craig's scallops and dreamy kisses. Stones and fossils, wood smoke and warm mud. The new moon. Lips. Tangled hair, wine-plumped cherries, and the snake's rattle. Sugar-frosted grapes. Dancers with bells. Desire. Love. Sensation and taste. The drop of water that makes the desert flower bloom. El Dorado indeed!

I flew my supplies in for the feast today as there is a small break to revel in the magic of Nikki Magennis' and her book The New Rakes over at Jeremy's place. http://jerotic.blogspot.com/2009/01/tuning-fork-fell-to-floor.html

I felt like Beryl Markham landing in Africa as I turned my plane towards the ancient lakebed that is the landing strip. Torches lit the way. Coyotes greeted me in the pre-dawn darkness. The walls of the large white canvas dining tent were rippling in a soft, cool breeze. I can't wait to see my guests appearing on the horizon. 

Tomorrow it's off to visit Jeremy and Helia for some tummy-flipping soup!

"You talk, but who listens? You listen, but who talks? Is it someone you know? And do the things he says explain the stars or give an answer to the quiet questions of a single sleepless bird? Think of these questions; fold your arms across your knees and stare at the firelight and at the embers waning on its margin. The questions are your questions too."
Beryl Markham, West with the Night


Provocative Progressive Dinner ala Blog
Come join us for a sensual feast to celebrate the new year of hope, promise, and delicious pleasures of every flavor. Each day a new erotica-writing blogger will be your host for one sumptuous course, providing recipes, entertainment and scintillating discussion topics. Best of all, dinners ala blog are known to expand your mind, but not your waistline. The festivities begin on Sunday, January 25. Come to one, come to all—you deserve a little indulgence!

Wednesday January 28—Soup
Helia Brookes and Jeremy Edwards

Thursday January 29—Fish
Neve Black

Friday January 30—Meat Entrée
Kirsten Monroe

Saturday, January 31—Vegetarian Entrée
Donna George Storey

Monday, February 2—Salad

Tuesday, February 3—Dessert
Sommer Marsden

Wednesday, February 4—Petit Fours and Truffles
Nikki Magennis
Top Image: Belly Dancer by Kajika, Deviant Art


Nikki Magennis said...

Oh my god! That Beryl Markham book - never heard of it but I'll have to order it - the excerpt at Amazon is describing different silences and I once wrote a collection of descriptions of 20-odd different kinds of silence! Wow! Also see this book.

Sorry, am gabbling, excited! Thanks!

Kirsten Monroe said...

Hi Nikki,

That's so fascinating -- I looked at a zillion Beryl Markham quotes this morning & almost put in that quote about silences -- I had it copied and then I changed my mind. I think you will like her book.

"A Book of Silence" sounds excellent -- "part travelogue, part witty and devastatingly open autobiography, part review of the experiences of silence of people as diverse as early Christian desert hermits, 20th century yachtspeople and Buddhists. Mid-life, Maitland chose to place silence at the centre of her life and she explores what this might mean for her in late 20th Century Britain. She addresses challenging issues, such as the fear of what might happen in silence, and practical issues such as earning her keep."

Congrats on your novel Nikki and all of the buzz -- I do love your book "trailer" -- so creative and fun and everything!