Rosicrucian In The Basement Robert Sward

ISBN: 9780887533532

Published: October 6th 2001

Paperback

75 pages


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Rosicrucian In The Basement  by  Robert Sward

Rosicrucian In The Basement by Robert Sward
October 6th 2001 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 75 pages | ISBN: 9780887533532 | 6.39 Mb

I like the wide sweep of it. There are many mysteries between father and son that people dont talk about.... The father figure comes through consistently, theres a lot of buoyancy, and the son is consistent and fine too. (Robert Bly, author ofMoreI like the wide sweep of it. There are many mysteries between father and son that people dont talk about.... The father figure comes through consistently, theres a lot of buoyancy, and the son is consistent and fine too.

(Robert Bly, author of Iron John) Rosicrucian in the Basement is a book of poems about Dr. Irving M. Sward, born about 100 years ago in Poltava, Russia, into an Orthodox Jewish family. A conservative, rather stern, five-eyelet shoe, white-shirt-and-tie, 9-to-5 pogrom-surviving immigrant, Dr. Sward became a successful Chicago podiatrist. After his wifes death he became a devout Rosicrucian, a member of a society venerating the rose and the cross as symbols of Christs resurrection and redemption and claiming various occult powers.

Robert Swards poems, based on his fathers life, capture the tension between a profession where one does something with ones hands - performing surgery on feet, cutting corns, carving arch supports - a trade in a sense, and talking with angels, seeing the two worlds: visible and invisible and how seven-eighths of everything is invisible anyway.This is a book of poems about a man who works on peoples feet for a living, going into a basement on the Jewish North Side of Chicago, lighting incense and candles, and attempting to transform himself using salt, sulfur, lead, mercury and so on as medieval alchemists had done centuries before.



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