One of the major collections of Francis’ poetry.
Five long poems each an experiment in form.
Forming a progression from the Godless world to the vision of the world cleansed and redeemed by the God-Man.
Francis wanted these poems to be judged as literature, not as devotional pieces written to a select audience. He wished for them to have a mainstream publisher, and they were published in 1971 by John F. Kennedy University Press. He says in the preface “the idea is the main thing, the reason for a poem” but that he has also paid considerable attention to structural variety –
“These things have their importance. They give charm to the truth of the idea; they beguile the mind into accepting what the heart knows: they make entertainment.”
They are primarily written “to entertain the Beloved” but obviously have a strong prophetic social message. Except for some Baba followers they fell on deaf ears.
is an echo of The Well at World’s End, a nineteenth century fantasy novel by William Morris. It deals with a knightly quest for a transforming and renewing magic well.
Francis is referring to a different sort of end of the world, the imminent apocalyptic manifestation of the God-man, which takes place when he breaks His silence to utter His Word.
Morris was a man of vision who condemned the greed, materialism and dehumanization of the modern world.
[placed by Francis at the end of the book]