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“As The Vessel Burns” was inspired by the woodcuts, engravings and paintings by Athanasius Kircher, Robert Fludd, William Blake and others reproduced in Alexander Roob’s Alchemy & Mysticism.
Jersey Petroleum are currently wildcatting around the multiverse in this particular instance of their Y - 1 variant traversals of N +/- X-dimensional space. Ron Bass is the author of The Velveeta Underground, a collection of short stories published as part of the EAA Signature Series. John Stanford records as Modchik. He also wrote, directed, and produced the film Firofyfe, which was screened at the Queens (NY) Film Festival and the Takoma Park Film Festival. Jersey Petroleum’s musical influences range from David Bowie to Sun Ra to J. S. Bach to Terry Riley.
Abhorrent love retains a festive air
in hindsight’s shadowed glow. But once the glare
intrudes too far to ever be concealed,
a second skin of wisdom can get sealed
too tightly, unless penances are made.
In essence, memory becomes a trade-
off in this exchange of dreams: Cheating death,
while keeping their psyches crossed, their twinned breath
discharges fragrant spoor into the ground.
Rain whips the conjoined lovers; a hell hound
growls nearby. The music of the spheres turns
dissonant, as the vessel slowly burns:
Tracing this mystery back to its sources
requires tact, and a knowledge of corpses.