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Caught in the spell

Amid the hardship and strange landscape that spans lifetimes and dynasties, one finds moving and luminous passages that urge one on to turn the page in order to find out what happens next.

The Incarnations

The Incarnations. A novel by Susan Barker

I would have fallen down long ago and let the ground drink the blood of my slit throat, were it not for you. So long as you are by my side, I can endure. You ease the stoned-to-death feeling in my soul.
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I clench my fist around your stiffness, and your breathing quickens as I draw it back and forth. After your warm, sticky release, I lick my hand clean. Then I bury my face in your wild, stinking hair and hold you. To hold you is to be at one with you. To be at one with the starry cosmos of ancient gods above. As I hold you I will the night never to end. For our oneness fades with the disappearing stars. And by daylight you are other again.
—From: The Incarnations, by Susan Barker

Cruelty and sorrow abound in this novel. And yet, amid the hardship and strange landscape that spans lifetimes and dynasties, one finds moving and luminous passages that urge one on to turn the page in order to find out what happens next. Such are the joys of being caught in the spell of a good tale.

About the author Walter

Walter lives and works in and around South Florida. When not practicing or studying acupuncture, you can find him at one of Miami’s beaches, or in a coffee shop lost in the pages of a good book. Walter enjoys diverse interests such as reading Tarot, practicing Qi Gong and Tai Chi, learning Buddhist dharma, practicing shamanic healing, writing for his blogs, reading Oriental philosophy, traveling to new places and old favorites, exploring contemplative photography with his iPhone, sitting quietly in meditation, practicing healthy fitness, and promoting wellbeing.

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