Extract from ‘So reflect etc: elf, Eros’

So, reflect etc: elf, Eros… Glittering shards from a fractured mythology, pieced together from scraps of folklore and classical literature. If Borges could forge myths out of references to non-existent texts, then why shouldn’t Rawde put the palindrome to similar use? What worlds might have been glimpsed through that looking glass? He could draw upon Norse saga:

I, Magnus T., forever oft sung am I.

Greek legend:

I saw eyesore.  Eros’ eye was I.

Or Arthurian romance:

Drowsy man in sward draws ‘Nina’, my sword.

From these varied elements he might imply an entire literary tradition, a universe created from the random reflections of a mirror-ball spinning in an empty ballroom. His task was like that of the archaeologist, attempting to reconstruct an ancient vase from a handful of fragments, with the added constraint of viewing them through a looking glass. And he was drawing upon the imagery of the palindromist’s favourite son, Narcissus, a boy whom the gods had decreed would fall in love with his own image…  So reflect, etc: elf, Eros.

© PSR 2005 – reproduced with permission

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