Rasu-Yong Tugen, Baroness de Tristeombre. Songs from the Black Moon. ISBN-13: 978-0615969008. ISBN-10: 0615969003. gnOme, 2014. 80 pp. Text and images. $9.99.
All the trees whose names we have forgotten have long since embraced our entwined limbs.
In the tradition of the 19th century, fin-de-siècle prose poem, Songs from the Black Moon is a dark elegy for an already-forgotten planet and its wandering, somnambulistic inhabitants.
“A book of beautiful and strangely tranquil outbursts of disaffection and dissolution. I wish everyone on earth lived by the sentiments expressed within it.” — Thomas Ligotti
“In search of an atrabilious poetics that might render breathable the ‘black abyss’ within, the Baronesse de Tristeombre has written an apocryphal rejoinder to the Book of Lamentations, filled with salt, sand, crystal and leprous flesh. Read this grimoire of ‘tectonic sorrow’ and despair anew.” — Drew Daniel, author of The Melancholy Assemblage
“In the black light of these lunar songs, you and I despair for the last time, again.”
— Pseudo-Leopardi, author of Cantos for the Crestfallen
“Songs from the Black Moon resurrects the literary tradition of Dark Romanticism – poetry that is stark, sparse, and drenched in a blackened lyricism . . . These poems are ecstatic lamentations for the world-without-us . . . ” — Eugene Thacker, author of In The Dust of This Planet