Ashen Meal

1 (1995).

"The Enduring", pp. 28-35.


2 (1996).

"Re-Collection", pp. 49-58.


3 (1997).

"Lett(er)ings", pp. 49-62.


4 (1998).

"Co-Relation", pp. 44-56.


5 (1999).

"The Engrafting", pp. 42-60.


        Most recently, one could cite Ashen Meal as a resource of occult poetics as currently practiced. Its contributors include many of those involved with Io, such as Charles Stein and Robert Kelly, as well as younger poets such as Phillip Foss and Joseph Donahue. A chrestomathy on the opening pages of one issue identifies the tradition that its editor seeks to cultivate. First, he quotes a representative sampling of ancient sources, including the Egyptian Book of the Dead and Zosimos of Panopolis (an Ancient Greek alchemist). Second, he compiles quotes from the Renaissance occultists such as Bruno, Rosenkreutz, and Thomas Vaughan. Next, he includes modern figures who bear some trace of occultic influence, including Arthur Waite, Paul Eluard, Eliot, Joyce, Jung, and Powys. To an even greater degree than Io, Ashen Meal isolates itself from the more general forms of discourse and exchange surrounding contemporary poetry. Indeed, the journal is not offered for sale, and for its publication address provides only "Logres"—the Welsh-derived name for Arthurian England. An editorial note explains, "Ashen Meal encourages practitioners on the Quest to utilize this venue as an artery for new work which, due to its esoteric nature, they otherwise would not entrust to leaves falling on a more general readership".


Johnston, Devin. Precipitations: Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice. Middletown, Connecticut, Weslyan University Press, 2002. From the Introduction, pages 13-14.