Erik Davis on Clark Ashton Smith’s Hashish-Eater

Erik Davis has a great essay on Clark Ashton Smith which delves into the Hashish Eater. Going into the poem, he muses on the hallucinatory nature of the language and how Smith lost himself in it. At one point he appears to be approaching the TS Eliot use of imagery to conjure up a world which he perceives as fractured and that language has failed, yet ultimately revealing its hollowness.  Definitely worth a read.

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