Apocalyptic Visions

Theimages in this portfolio were originally inspired by the eerie feelingof impending apocalypse in W. B. Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming. Later I realized that, for me, these images suggest mysterious darkemotions far beyond the scope of the poem.  To my sensibilities,the portfolio does have a thematic coherence, but my efforts to expressit have succeeded only in limiting its meaning.  So I simply offerup the original inspiration and let the images speak for themselves.

                                  The SecondComing

                       Turning andturning in the widening gyre
                       The falconcannot hear the falconer;
                       Things fallapart; the centre cannot hold;
                       Mere anarchyis loosed upon the world,
                       Theblood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
                       The ceremonyof innocence is drowned;
                       The best lackall conviction, while the worst
                       Are full ofpassionate intensity.

                       Surely somerevelation is at hand;
                       Surely theSecond Coming is at hand.
                       The SecondComing! Hardly are those words out
                       When a vastimage out of Spiritus Mundi
                       Troubles mysight: somewhere in sands of the desert
                       A shape withlion body and the head of a man,
                       A gaze blankand pitiless as the sun,
                       Is moving itsslow thighs, while all about it
                       Reel shadowsof the indignant desert birds.
                       The darknessdrops again; but now I know
                       That twenty centuries ofstony sleep
                       Were vexed tonightmare by a rocking cradle,
                       And what roughbeast, its hour come round at last,
                       Slouchestowards Bethlehem to be born?

                                              - William Butler Yates (1920-21)
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