“Dreams are not without meaning wherever they may come from—from fantasy, from the elements, or from other inspiration.” –Paracelsus, 16th century physician, astrologer, and alchemist
Modern science has replaced the traditional four elements Paracelsus studied—fire, air, earth, and water—with the periodic table; however, the old framework maintains a strong cultural hold. Last week, Red Room asked its members to choose one of the four elements and blog about it.
A few bloggers will receive copies of books by Red Room authors. Susan Browne’s newest poetry collection, Zephyr (2010, Steel Toe Books), is described by her fellow Red Room poet Dorianne Laux as “grounded in the mysteries of this terribly known, outrageously funny and sad world.” The gift book Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love (2008, Soar Publishing) is a collaboration between painter Luther E. Vann and writer Aberjhani. Vertigo Comics just released Pureland, the third volume of G. Willow Wilson’s comic book series Air, and she’ll send copies of all three volumes to a featured blogger.
You can read all the four elements blog posts here. I hope you'll choose your favorite, and leave a comment letting the blogger know why you enjoyed it. See all of Red Room's past blog topics listed on here, and suggest a few more in the comments. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room