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Souls of the Labadie Tract (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – November 17, 2007
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Low in self abasement light
passes through linen as if
to offer heaven as if roof
will have no hold against
one hour shred of another
Emily Dickinson walks these pages also, as in "
For a long time I worked
this tallest racketty poem
by light of a single candle
The last page of this book fades with a trace of some mysterious writing, but does not bestow darkness.
She speaks of "concrete totality of singular interjections, crucified spellings, abbreviations, irrational apprehensions"..."details to oratorically bloom" and so they do, in this fine work.
This poor woman has attempted to "channel" their thoughts and has failed miserably to do so. The Labadists were not spiritualists as she proclaims. They were hard working farmers who wanted to live a holy life. They attempted and failed to live a communal life. Much of the failure of the Labadist colony lies on the shoulders of my GGGG grandmother's second husband, Petrus Sluyter. He found business more interesting than spiritual matters and found the new opportunities in the new world too hard to pass up. I'm sure he was a conflicted man. He had slaves, was a tyrant and didn't live the life he asked others to lead
This book was badly produced too. Many of the pages in the last part of the book, the words are not legible. The paper must have twisted in the printer and it looks like they photocopied shredded pages anyway and stuck them in the book.
I would offer to sell mine but I'd hate to dupe someone into paying for this book. It is going to my recycle bin. Save your money, it is a total waste of money.