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I’m a Myth Proven True[1]

I make a Golden Age at my Whim[2]

My Foot-Stool Earth – My Canopy the Skies[3]

The Mountains Tremble at the Shock of my Passing[4]

I am Strong enough to Break the History of Mankind in Two[5]

He Commands the Lightning to come down to him out of the Heavens,

And it comes at his Call, and Serves him for a Plaything when it Comes[6]

Wielding Calmly and Humbly the Awful Power of which Angels and Saints stood in Reverence[7]

Whose Living Flame shall Pierce the Clouds and Banish Night ­– whose

Glow the Hurricanes Increase to Match the Gleams of Heaven’s Night[8]

I Split Galaxies – with a Single Breath[9]

I am King Giant Dragon Sun[10]

[1] Danez Smith, Litany with Blood All Over

[2] Jean-Jacques Rousseau, quoted by James Miller in Examined Lives

[3] Alexander Pope, Epistle 1 – Of the Nature and State of Man with Respect to the Universe

[4] Primo Levi tr. Ruth Feldman & Brian Swann, Autobiography

[5] Friedrich Nietzsche, Letter to Strindberg, December 8, 1888

[6] Edgar Allan Poe, The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade

[7] James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

[8] Arthur Caswell Porter, Faith

[9] George Abraham, Memory Study with Elizabeth Specimen in Dark Universe

[10] Philip Whalen, I Am King Giant Dragon Sun

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