I became a
frequent contributor to Vanity Fair. I can never be
sufficiently grateful to Frank Crowinshield for his kindness and
patience. My association with him is the one uniformly pleasant
experience of dealing with editors that I can quote. He always
took pains to make the most of his material. If a contribution
did not suit him, he did not reject it without a word of
explanation. He talked it over, and suggested modifications. I
thus found out how to suit his taste without injuring my
self-respect. Most editors drive away their best contributors by
treating them like street beggars and leave them bewildered at
the rejection. Others, again, haggle over the terms and as often
as not delay or evade payment. They then wonder why they fail to
hit the public taste. It soon goes around that getting a cheque
from so-and-so is like fishing for sharks with a trout rod. The
editor is tacitly boycotted.
my work with Evangeline Adams kept me going through the summer.
I had a glorious time, what with love and sea bathing. I wrote a
good deal of poetry; in particular "The Golden Rose", and a set
of lyrics, mostly sonnets to Hilarion, who appears later, in
"the Urn", as "the Cat Officer". This woman possessed a unique
atmosphere. I can only describe it as "sweetness long drawn
out". This translated itself in terms of rhythm. I quote a
IN THE RED
ROOM OF ROSE CROIX
bleeding gate of God unveils its rose;
The cavernous West swallows the dragon Sun:
Earth's darkness broods on dissolution,
A mother-vulture, nested on Repose.
Ah then, what grace within our girdle glows,
To garb thy glee-gilt heart, Hilarion,
An Alpenbluehn on our star-crested snows.
flower, smear honey on the thigh
Of this shy bee, that sucks thy sweetness dry,
O bower of sunset, bring me to thy sleep
Wherein move dreams stained purple with perfumes,
Whose birds of Paradise, on Punic plumes,
Declare dooms undecipherably deep.
this with any previous sonnet of mine and notice the
lusciousness of the lines.
The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.
New York, NY. Hill and Wang, 1969. Page 767.