Friday, April 6, 2018

2018 4/30

(33.) GAAP. - The Thirty-third Spirit is Gaap. He is a Great President and a Mighty Prince. He appeareth when the Sun is in some of the Southern Signs, in a Human Shape, going before Four Great and Mighty Kings, as if lie were a Guide to conduct them along on their way. His Office is to make men Insensible or Ignorant; as also in Philosophy to make them Knowing, and in all the Liberal Sciences. He can cause Love or Hatred, also he can teach thee to consecrate those things that belong to the Dominion of AMAYMON his King. He can deliver Familiars out of the Custody of other Magicians, and answereth truly and perfectly of things Past, Present, and to Come. He can carry and re-carry men very speedily from one Kingdom to another, at the Will and Pleasure of the Exorcist. He ruleth over 66 Legions of Spirits, and he was of the Order of Potentates.

In my father's house,
books survived the flood
I cut the pages apart with a knife
the books themselves
swollen, broken backed
almost inconceivable now

To think of information
as a thing that lived in objects
as a scarcity, to be mourned
in burning libraries,
in my father's warped, labeless albums
he saved from the fire
and I played, warbling and slow

finding tracks that could be saved
information that was not corrupt
The memory palace, and what inhabits it
the thing that shirks the eye
rats and roaches of memory that will not die

a house, before the VFD burned it down for practice
the living room a litter, a nest of tattered books
dead mills and manuals, parchment yellow and soaked with rain
a schematic pinned to a wall, eaten by silverfish
mice nesting in chewed papers and old photos

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