ON FINISHING “THE LONGEST JOURNEY”

Rickie never got there

To Utopia:

He was run over and died.

But his suffering character

(The censored, fractured, but passionate Rickie)

Was the prototype for Maurice

Who achieved what Rickie didnt:

Happiness. fulfilment and desire.

Maurice’s  and Forster’s story is all there in the

(ever so thinly disguised)

“Text”.

Stephen is Alec

Gerald the burgeonings

Of same-sex desire.

But Maurice was happy,

As was Forster.

Forster just coudnt write what he wanted

Most to write.

But he did

In “Maurice”;

And though publication

Was denied him till

After his death,

Its all there-

Even in the earlier books,

Especially in “Longest Journey”,

Twisted, distorted,

As they are,

There are aching  realms of skewed passion and desire.

(With thanks to Arthur Martland and, later, Helen Moffat, for making the record about Forster’s secret but fulfilled life, accurate-at last. It took till 1999)

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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