Running bibliography

Book of the Dead of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep (Imuthes), ca. 332–200 BCE, Met
Detail, 'Book of the Dead' of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep (Imuthes), ca. 332–200 BCE, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo by the author.

When I cite a text in a “Magical Poetics” post, I’ll drop the citation here to keep up a “reading list” for the commentary series.


Header image: Book of the Dead of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep (Imuthes), ca. 332–200 BCE,

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Frankfurter, David, ed. Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2019.

Prevallet, Kristin. Oral history interview with Robert Eric Shoemaker. September 18, 2021.

Frazer, James. The Golden Bough. New York: Macmillan, 1979.

Crowley, Aleister. Magick in Theory and Practice. New York: Castle Books, 1929.


Spelling the amulet, the shape, the poem

Conrad, CA. Amanda Paradise: Resurrect Extinct Vibration. Seattle: Wave Books, 2021.

Montgomery, James A. Aramaic Incantation Texts from Nippur. Philadelphia: Philadelphia

University Museum, 1913.


Instress, part 1

Trachtenberg, Joshua. Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion. Behrman’s Jewish

Book House, 1939. 

Reines, Ariana. A Sand Book. Tin House, 2019.

Bergvall, Caroline. Drift. Nightboat, 2014.

O’Leary, Peter. Earth is Best. Cultural Society, 2019.

" ". Phosphorescence of Thought. Cultural Society, 2013.

" ". The Hidden Eyes of Things. Cultural Society, 2022.

Durling, Robert M., translator. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Oxford University Press,


*Another recent translation well worth mentioning is rendered by Mary Jo Bang.

Hopkins, Gerard Manley. The Major Works. Oxford University Press, 1986.

H.D. Notes on Thought and Vision. City Lights, 1982.

Instress, part 2

Duncan, Robert. Selected Poems. New Directions, 1993.

Frazer, James. The Golden Bough. New York: Macmillan, 1979.
Halberstam, Jack. Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire. Duke University Press, 2020. 
Jakobson, Roman. “Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbances.” In

Language in Literature, edited by Krystyna Pomorska and Stephen Rudy. Harvard University Press, 1987.  

Walcott, Derek. Omeros. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990. 

Instress, part 3

Olson, Charles. “Projective Verse.” In Collected Prose, edited by Donald Allen and Benjamin
Friedlander. University of California Press, 2009. 
Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The Major Works. Oxford University Press, 2003. 
Calvino, Italo. Six Memos for the Next Millennium. Mariner Books, 2016.

Inarticulability, part 1
 and Inarticulability, part 2

Crowley, Aleister. The Book of Lies. 1913. Reprint, Boston: Red Wheel/Weiser, 1981.
Eth, Alexander, host. “#111: Hoodoo, Rootwork & Conjure with. Dr. Rev. Aaron Davis.” Glitch

Bottle Podcast. Feb 3, 2022.

H.D. Trilogy. New Directions, 1973.

Douglas, Mary. Purity and Danger. Penguin, 1966.

Halberstam, J. Jack. Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal. Beacon, 2012.

Mauss, Marcel. A General Theory of Magic. Translated by Robert Brain. Routledge, 1972.

O’Leary, Peter. Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan and the Poetry of Illness. Wesleyan University

Press, 2002.

Washuta, Elissa. White Magic. Tin House, 2021.

For more information on Mithraic cults:

Seething Cauldron: Essays on Zoroastrianism, Sufism, Freemasonry, Wicca, Druidry, and Thelema

Write or Die

H.D. Helen in Egypt. New Directions, 1961. 
H.D. Hermetic Definition. New Directions, 1958. 

Kristeva, Julia. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. Translated by Leon Roudiez, Columbia
University Press, 1982.
Quinn, Vincent. “H.D.’s ‘Hermetic Definition’: The Poet as Archetypal Mother.” Contemporary Literature 18, no. 1 (1977): 51–61.


Terribly Human: Helen in Egypt, Over-Mind, and other “Hermetic Definitions”

Bernini, Gian Lorenzo. The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. 1645–1652. Marble. Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.

Eliot, T. S. “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism.
Knopf, 1920.
--. The Waste Land. Knopf, 2021.
H.D. Helen in Egypt. New Directions, 1961.
--.  Hermetic Definition. New Directions, 1958.
--. “Notes on Thought and Vision.” Notes on Thought and Vision & The Wise Sappho. City Lights,
Shoemaker, Robert Eric. “After After Lorca: Anamnesis and Magic between Jack Spicer and
Federico García Lorca.” Signs and Society 7, no. 3 (2019): 289–453.
Spicer, Jack. After Lorca. Published in My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, edited by Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian. Wesleyan University Press, 2008.

W.B. Yeats. The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats, Volume XIV: A Vision, The Revised 1937 Edition
Scribner, 2015.  
--. “The Second Coming.” From The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats, 1989. Courtesy of The Poetry
H.D. Helen in Egypt. New Directions, 1961.

Give Me Aliens: Trance and Memory Practice

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida. Richard Howard, translator. Hill and Wang, 2010.

Duncan, Robert. The H.D. Book. The Collected Writings of Robert Duncan, University of California
Press, 2011.
H.D. Helen in Egypt. New Directions, 1961.
Johnston, Devin. Precipitations: Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice. Wesleyan
University Press, 2002.
Prevallet, Kristin. Trance Poetics. Wide Reality Books, 2013.

Conrad, CA. 2021. Amanda Paradise: Resurrect Extinct Vibration. Seattle: Wave Books. 
Federici, Silvia. Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation.
Autonomedia, 2004. 
Frankfurter, David, ed. 2019.Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. 
Betz, Hans Dieter, editor. The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Volume 1: Texts, 2nd ed.
University of Chicago Press, 1996. 
Jarnot, Lisa. Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus. University of California Press, 2012. 
Reines, Ariana. A Sand Book. Tin House, 2019. 

Know Future: Queer Mythopoesis, or, How Eliot's "Waste Land" Failed Us

Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land. From Collected Poems: 1909-1962, Faber, 2020.