Call for guest bloggers on “Taliessin through Logres”

ttl rssIn the timeline of the chronological blog-through, we’ve reached the beginning of those final amazing, productive years in CW’s life: 1938-1945. He’s just about to move to Oxford and join the Inklings. But before he does so, he publishes Taliessin through Logres, his greatest work to date (well, Descent into Hell is pretty awesome, too–and it won the poll for favorite CW work).

Anyway, I hope to blog about Taliessin through Logres next week, and I’d love to have your post, too! Here’s what I invite you to do:

  1. Pick your favorite poem from Taliessin through Logres. Sign up by telling me the title in the comments below. Only one person per poem, first come, first served!
  2. Write a blog post, max. 1000 words in a conversational style, commenting on the poem. You can say why you like it, write a gloss, pick a theme, or whatever else you want to do.
  3. Email your post by, say, the middle or end of next week, to iambic[dot]admonit[at]gmail[dot]com. Include a photo of yourself and brief bio.
  4. I’ll run your post in the next few weeks.

The Poems:

Prelude — Crystal Hurd
Taliessin’s Return to Logres — Charles Franklyn Beach
The Vision of the Empire — Matthew Rettino
The Calling of Arthur — Arthur Harrow and Charles Franklyn Beach
Mount Badon — David Llewellyn Dodds
The Crowning of Arthur — Charles Franklyn Beach
Taliessin’s Song of the Unicorn — Jennifer Raimundo
Bors to Elayne: The Fish of Broceliande — Robert Ghrist
Taliesin in the School of the Poets — Grevel Lindop
Taliessin on the Death of Virgil — Andrew Stirling MacDonald
The Coming of Palomides — Charles Huttar
Lamorack and the Queen Morgause of Orkney — Robert Ghrist
Bors to Elyane: On the King’s Coins — Andrew Stirling MacDonald
The Star of Percivale — Jennifer Raimundo
The Ascent of the Spear
The Sister of Percivale — Elise Erikson Barrett
The Son of Lancelot — Brenton D. G. Dickieson
Palomides before his Christening — Charles Huttar
The Coming of Galahad
The Departure of Merlin — David Russell Mosley
The Death of Palomides — Charles Huttar
Percivale at Carbonek — David Llewellyn Dodds
The Last Voyage — David Llewellyn Dodds
Taliessin at Lancelot’s Mass — David Russell Mosley



About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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27 Responses to Call for guest bloggers on “Taliessin through Logres”

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Up to 24 guest posts: an exhilarating prospect!


  2. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    It is hard to choose, but, how about ‘The Death of Palomides’?

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  3. Charles Huttar says:

    I see David beat me to it. I have been pondering since early January a blog on Williams’s Palomides — all three of the Palomides poems in one shot (in the context of contemporary anti-Muslim rants). I’ve got the one on “The Coming” nearly finished (I work slowly — which is fatal the blog spirit) but it really makes sense to me to consider all three poems together. Are you interested? What shall I do. Right now, anyway, I’m focused on my coming trip to the Wade, but while I’m there (May 9-14) I might be able to get it done.

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    • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

      Feel free, if you’d rather – I’m content to haunt the comments! Or I could do something on ‘The Death of Palomides’ separately, and you could still treat them all together (later?)!

      I’ve been brooding over the passage in ‘Taliessin in the Rose-Garden’, “Tristram and Mark were in love with the Queen Iseult. / ‘Palomides studied her more so I […] / Palomides and I see everywhere the hint, […]”, with what may be a suggestion of a particular degree or sort of ‘identification’ by C.W. with Palomides…


      • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

        Oy! – how I butchered the punctuation of that quotation!

        It’s got me thinking, among other things, of a comparison between C.W.’s Palomides and his ‘lover’ in The Silver Stair, and both with Raphael in Kingsley’s Hypatia (which we know he knew).


  4. Charles, why don’t you do the Palomides poems, and David, you do another of your choice this time around?


  5. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Tangential C.W. Arthurian question: I’ve finally started to catch up with Karel Čapek, beginning with War with the Newts (1936: English translation by Robert and Marie Weatherall for Allen & Unwin, 1937) – Orwell knew it, do we know if C.W. did (or other Inklings)? I’m only to chapter 6 of Book I, and avoiding receiving ‘spoilers’ (none to give, yet) but the title is obviously ominous, and the threat seems non-human, highly intelligent, and to come from somewhere near Java… could Williams’s P’o-l’u (of the many spellings) and its octopi be at all indebted to Čapek’s newts?


  6. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    How about Mount Badon?

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  7. may i please have “bors to elayne: the fish of broceliande”. oh, and why not: i’ll take “lamorack & the queen morgause” as well.


  8. Is The Sister of Percivale still on the table?


  9. I volunteer to write something on Williams’ “Vision of the Empire.” I picked up a vintage copy of Taliesin Through Logres, improbably, at a book fair last year.


  10. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    As I toy with the idea of volunteering for something further along in the book, as well, I wonder if you could say a bit more about your ideas of the pace of their appearance?

    I am also struck by how new this project is, in the history of Williams Arthurian commentary. The Williams Society series of supplements, later edited by Anne Ridler into a little book, reprinted by Apocryphile in 2010 as The Taliessin Poems, was kaleidoscopic in its degree, as the various contributors, who had all known him, had quite a free hand as to how they would approach each poem in turn. But they also had a chance to see the previous contributions appear before they added their next one, and so could decide to what extent to interact with those. This will be more richly, radically kaleidoscopic, as far as (ahem) we get our contributions in on time, without ever seeing each other’s – but combined with the instant interactive possibilities of the comments section: an exciting prospect!


  11. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    How about ‘Percivale at Carbonek’ and ‘The Last Voyage’, too, if nobody else seems to want them urgently – and I can turn them in a bit later? (Or, I’d be game to team-annotate them…)


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  13. molehunter says:

    Sorina, I would love to offer a comment but I don’t have access to the book. It appears to be long out of print with only a few very costly old copies available. Can you point me to a download or reprinted paperback? Will follow this discussion with pleasure in any event. CW’s Logres clearly had an input into my favourite novel of all time, That Hideous Strength. Stephen Hayes, Botley, Old Hampshire, Old England.


    • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

      If you’ll excuse my butting in, I don’t know anything about Botley or the Borough of Eastleigh, but it’s conceivable that some local or area library or other might have a copy of my Charles Williams volume in the Arthurian Poets (paperback) / Arthurian Studies (hardback) series published by Boydell & Brewer, which reprints the whole of Taliessin through Logres (or some earlier edition: it was reprinted by the OUP in 1954 and 1960 (together in one volume with The Region of the Summer Stars) and later by Eerdmans in the U.S. (the volume pictured with this post) and later again by Boydell & Brewer (together in one volume with The Region of the Summer Stars), so libraries will have had chances to happen to acquire some copy or other…).

      And, if they should only have a ‘reference copy’ which you could not check out, if they still have a photocopier, or you have a camera, you could copy as much as you like, for, with 1 January 2016, it came out of copyright in the UK, together with everything else published in his lifetime. Of course, this also means that anyone in the UK who has a copy could legally scan it and send it to you. (I’m not sure exactly what international legal copyright issues there are, though I understand there are some with some of his works.) I’m not aware of any UK sites where it has been put online, alas – but someone may know of one. (Grevel Lindop and John Matthews are working on a new ebook edition, but I don’t know just when it will be available.)


    • Thank you so much! I think I have all the poems assigned now. 🙂 But I hope you find a copy somewhere to read.


  14. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    By the way, I hadn’t looked for awhile to see ‘what was what’ and I am always aware that I do not fully know the ‘ins and outs’ of Google Books, but some how or other there are three distinct Google Books ‘online placements’ (or whatever we should call them) of my edition of Williams’s Arthurian poetry (all – ahem! – without my knowledge and permission with respect to text for which I solely retain copyright in them!) which seem to give varying extents of ‘samples’ of content. So, this might be one way looking up a particular poem or poems. (Alas, it all seems a bit like ‘Google roulette’ to me, but the more astute surfer may know to make good use of it.)


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