‘In the Desert’, from Stephen Crane’s ‘Black Riders and Other Lines’

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IN THE DESERT
I SAW A CREATURE, NAKED, BESTIAL,
WHO, SQUATTING UPON THE GROUND,
HELD HIS HEART IN HIS HANDS,
AND ATE OF IT.
I SAID, “IS IT GOOD, FRIEND?”
“IT IS BITTER – BITTER,” HE ANSWERED;

“BUT I LIKE IT
“BECAUSE IT IS BITTER
“AND BECAUSE IT IS MY HEART.”

– Stephen Crane, 1895.

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4 thoughts on “‘In the Desert’, from Stephen Crane’s ‘Black Riders and Other Lines’

  1. This is one of my all time favorite poems – I love that your chose to illustrate it. I think the slightly abstract nature of the comic is perfect.

    • Thanks Marcy! It’s one of my favourites too (obvz) – what an outstanding example of ptoro-modernism it was, but the (I don’t know how else to explain it, so please forgive the following) ‘mythic’ elements are so pleasing too. The fact that there are characters in verbal exchange makes this poem so illustratable, but I thank you nonetheless for your support. ❤

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  3. Reblogged this on Stay Square Scribes and commented:

    Alrighty, this is something I cooked up on rocomic (my main bitch) a little while back, but it seems more appropriate here, seeing as this is a poetry-related page an’ all. Big shout outs to my brother Crane, man does some cray poetry, but I’m sure you could see that for yourself.

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