the rigorous m

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on the underblows

Posted by rigorousm on November 28, 2014

I have been asked what “underblows” means. The word is not in my dictionary, but still I know. It means something like the hold of a ship, a cellerage, a secret room behind the brain and the heart, a room inhabited by dreams, visions, and another personage — a ghost. The ghost in the underblows is an eternal traveling companion, an abecedary in the highest as well as the lowest schools, and the fellow who knows the most about death, sleep and love; the one, too, who is strongest in battle, and the most courageous swimmer after the drowning soul.

— Larry Powell, introduction to Al Fisher’s The Ghost in the Underblows, 1938.

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