It was upon the poetic pages of his renowned Divine Comedy that Dante Alighieri ascended. He famously commenced his journey in Inferno, and later reached Paradiso. The speaker in Devolution, however, is on a slightly different journey. Rather than drawing nearer to Paradiso, she can only journey further away from bliss. It is by God’s design that our tragic heroine continues to slip and fall, and it is by His will that she descends. Will she find redemption before the pages run inkless, or will she be doomed to the depraved depths of Inferno forevermore? Only Time will tell.
“Vexilla regis prodeunt inferni.”
Anyone who knows me is aware of my affinity for darkness, doom, demons, and all things devilish. Therefore, when I read Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, the words fed me as a reader, a writer, and a theorist.
Dante’s philosophy even inspired me to attempt my own little verse-“narrative” tidbits which, if I’m being honest, are just inky imprints of my November 2017 mindset.
Now, as I publish this mini-collection an entire year-and-a-half later [in April 2019], I’ve promised myself not to alter Devolution significantly. I want these words, and their structure, to stand as they are; these clearly meant a lot to me when I first drafted them, and to change them now would be to overwrite musings from a certain stage of my life which I should never be too quick to overlook.
I know these verses are a bit heavy; I apologize for that, and I hope they become easier to consume upon extensive perusing. They’re not meant to be mastered on the first, second, or third read-throughs; the words, lines, and meanings are layered, and I pray my readers will consider considering them thoroughly.
Additionally, the pieces in Devolution were all written with verbal, and poetic, aesthetic in mind. I hope the language in these verses feeds your soul as Dante’s poetry does mine, and I wish you the best of luck as you descend into Devolution and, in turn, the depths of Hell itself.
“The banners of the King of Hell draw closer.”
— Venantius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers
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