atura is an elegant collection comprising the work of 26 leading poets from the occult and pagan communities, and six essays on the agony and ecstasy of the creative process.
The hardback is hand bound in moonsilver silk cloth. The cover is stamped in silver with the angel's trumpet. She is artisan printed on heavy paper stock folded within smoke endpapers.
Datura comes in an edition of 500, of which 465 hand-numbered exemplars are for sale.
Datura is also now available in a paperback bibliotheque rouge edition.
The lady of moth and moon unfurls her shy and deadly petals. These navigators of the midnight sea – occultists and poets and devotees seeking after that which seduces them – are familiar with the dream of intoxication that follows her scent. She is the woman in the song, the night-blooming narcotic, gorgeous and strange. She is the horned blossom, the guardian of the threshold, the keeper of madness.
This collection includes recognised major poets, we are indebted in particular to Penelope Shuttle for her contribution and that of Peter Redgrove. From triadic rubaiyat to sestina, acrostic, lyric, free verse and praise hymn this is poetry in full flower.
Datura contains modern published poets alongside new writers whose work shows them strong enough to keep such company.
This is a literate and narcotic text which will inspire both ritual practice and further incursions into living poetry.
A companion volume, Mandragora is now available.
Our writers for this project are:
Ruby Sara (editor)
Geo Athena Trevarthen
Erynn Rowan Laurie
Anna Elizabeth Applegate
P. Sufenas Virius Lupus
Ruby Sara writes, "for me there truly is no difference on a metaphysical level between poetry and magick - they are the same movement, and you cannot have true magick without poetry (or true poetry without magick). Poetry is the language of magick, it is magick given voice and form. On a practical level, the human voice is a critical instrument in various manner of spellcraft, as is language... history bears this out thoroughly I think... and in my experience, spellcraft is hugely enhanced by applying to it the music and rhythm and articulate beauty of invocative, resonant poetry."