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Later In France

Tom Hastings reads "Later in France," "In Basel," "Under the Full New Year's Moon," "The Landing" and "Chronoclutch" from his book Crop Circle Secrets.

paracelsus dragon

Photo: FuzzyPeg (Wikimedia commons)

“…on a street corner in basel / paracelsus whispers / from the polyglottal jaws / of the dragon, drink…” – from “In Basel” by Tom Hastings. (Image from a 16th-century illustration of a salamander, according to Paracelsus.)

“Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people’s religion. And religion may, in a real sense, be understood as a popular misunderstanding of mythology.”
- Joseph Campbell, from Thou Art That

“All of my poems are true. I write down what happens. I am the amanuensis of my inner beings.”

Thomas Hastings, a poet-in-the-schools for the Royal Scottish Arts Council and the Indiana Arts Commission, created the Indianapolis Broadsheet and co-founded the Indianapolis Writers Center. His poetry has appeared in numerous small press publications and he has taught language arts, gender psychology and theatrical magic at Harmony High School in Bloomington, Indiana since 1978.

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