"There is a black sun which is not visible to the human eye. It is our beacon and its fire burns within us." -- Akkadian temple inscription

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Black Sun

Steven Kaye's irregularly updated blog

Why Black Sun? I first came across the phrase as the title of a biography of Harry Crosby. Is who? Harry Crosby was a nice young man who went quite mad one day and decided to become a doomed romantic poet. He's probably most famous for his poem "Assassin," but he should be better known for the editions he published of Ezra Pound and D.H. Lawrence with his small press, Black Sun Press. I'd first heard of Harry Crosby in a book on astrology by Derek and Julia Parker, who referred to him as a man who'd shot himself and his mistress, and seemed to think everyone should know who he was. The image of a black sun haunted me, and over the years I ran across it in contexts ranging from alchemy to a book by Kristeva on depression to Coil albums to Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash , where it's the name of an exclusive VR environment. As a symbol with so many references, it seemed appropriate for a web log that could talk about anything and everything.

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