Thursday, March 22, 2018

"We Are Still Mythical"

Brand New Ancients

By Kate Tempest

In the old days,
the myths were the stories we used to explain ourselves

but how can we explain
the way we hate ourselves?

The things we’ve made ourselves into,
the way we break ourselves in two,
the way we overcomplicate ourselves?

But we are still mythical.

We are still permanently trapped
somewhere between the heroic and the pitiful.

We are still Godly,
that’s what’s made us so monstrous.
It just feels like we’ve forgotten
that we’re much more
than the sum of the things that belong to us.

Every single person has a purpose in them burning.
Look again.
Allow yourself to see them.

Millions of characters
Each with their own epic narratives
Singing, ‘it’s hard to be an angel
Until you’ve been a demon’.

We are perfect because of our imperfections,
We must stay hopeful,
We must be patient;

When they excavate the modern day
They’ll find us,
The Brand New Ancients.

All that we have here
Is all that we’ve always had.

We have jealousy,
curses and gifts.

But the plight of a people who have forgotten their myths
and imagine that somehow
now is all that there is –
is a sorry plight

all isolation and worry
but the life in your veins
it is Godly, heroic.
You were born for greatness.
Believe it,
know it –
take it from the tears of the poets.

there’s always been heroes,
there’s always been villains,
the stakes may have changed
but really there’s no difference.

there’s always been greed
and heartbreak and ambition.
jealousy, love,
trespass and contrition,

we’re the same beings that began,
still living,
in all of our fury and foulness and friction.
Everyday odysseys.
Dreams vs decisions.
The stories are there if you listen.

The stories are here.

The stories are you
and your fear and your hope is as old
as the language of smoke,
the language of blood,
the language of languishing love,

the Gods are all here.
Because the Gods are in us.

Kate Tempest is the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2012 with Brand New Ancients. She started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering MCs to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, poet and respected recording artist.

Related Off-site Links:
Kate Tempest’s Transformations – Jon Michaud (The New Yorker, May 10, 2016).
Kate Tempest: "I Engage With All of Myself, Which Is Why It’s Dangerous" – Dorian Lynskey (The Guardian, April 30, 2017).

See also the previous posts:
In American Gods, An Otherworldly Depiction of Queer Attraction and Connection
Ganymede and Zeus
Minotaur with Hare
Lunar Deity
I Call to Cernunnos . . .

Image 1: Urtreen by Sergei.
Image 2: Kate Tempest by David Levene.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcoming the Spring Equinox

This beautiful work of art is by British artist Wendy Andrew. It is from her book, Luna Moon Hare: A Magical Journey with the Goddess.

Related Off-site Links:
The Spring Equinox Is Tuesday: 6 Things to Know About the First Day of Spring – Brian Resnick (Vox, March 19, 2018).
Spring Equinox 2018 Rituals – What Happens at Stonehenge on March 20 and What is Ostara? – Josie Griffiths (The Sun, March 19, 2018).
A Blessed Spring – Heather Greene (The Wild Hunt: Modern Pagan News and Commentary, March 17, 2018).

See also the previous posts:
A Time of Balance
Eostre at Spring Equinox
Remembering Eostre
Burgeoning Life Force

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


French model Geremy Brau was recently photographed by London-based photographer Kofi Paintsil for Homotography's exclusive story, "Gold Lion."

Here is a sampling of the photographs featured in this story. To view all of them, click here.

See also the previous posts: Jerome | Solomon | Colin | Luis | Nyle | Philip | Charlie | Sukdeep | Rafael | Mon Bel Ami

Images: Geremy Brau photographed by Kofi Paintsil for Homotography (January 16, 2018).

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Running Hare

Artwork: Artist unknown.
Image: The Leveret.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Morning Coffee

See also: Morning Coffee (2017).

Images: Subjects and photographers unknown.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Meadow Hare

Image: Photographer unknown.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bel Homme

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Artwork: Artist unknown.
Image: The Leveret.

See also: Portrait 2017 | 2016 | 2011

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Stag of the Cabbages

Hares are wild creatures which have tended to live close to people on moorland and farmland. Yet even though we are such close neighbours, humans haven't ever managed to understand all of the hare's secrets. We appear to have complex feelings toward the hare – a mixture of awe, affection and fear.

To us, hares are mysterious and full of contradictions – all at once comical and regal. One minute timid, the next bold, verging on "bonkers." They are mostly solitary and nocturnal creatures.

For most of the year you'll not see a single one, then suddenly in the spring they'll appear in droves, brazenly leaping about the open countryside. Where do they come from? Where do they go?

– Zoë Greaves
Excerpted from Hare
Old Barn Books (2015)

Note: "The stag of the cabbages" is one of a number of imaginative names for the hare that Zoë Greaves gathers together in her book, Hare. Others include "the hare-kin," "the dew-hopper," "the swift-as-wind," and "the cropper of herbage."

See also the previous posts:
Strong-Hearted | A Curious Fact | A Unique Position | Elaborate Means

Images: M. Breuer/Gettys Images.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Super Blue Blood Moon

Writes Jesse Emspak of

Skywatchers are in for a rare treat tomorrow (Jan. 31): a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon all at the same time! It's the first total lunar eclipse since 2015 and the first Blue Moon Blood Moon visible from the U.S. since 1866!

A Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month; lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow; and supermoons happen when the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit — coincides with a full moon. In this case, the supermoon also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse.

The first full moon of January occurred on the night of Jan. 1 or the morning of Jan. 2, depending on your location. The second full moon and the lunar eclipse will occur on the night of Jan. 31 or the morning of Feb. 1. And the supermoon will take place on the night of Jan. 30, which is technically one day before the moon reaches peak fullness, but even NASA is willing to call the event a supermoon nonetheless.

Image: "Hare Moon Halo" by Wendy Andrew.

See also the previous posts:
Lunar Deity
The Hare and the Moon
The Hare on the Moon