Each issue of Red Flame was dedicated to a particular topic, this one to Grady Louis McMurtry's poetry.  The American soldier and Thelemic scion of Aleister Crowley was not the equal of his magical mentor in terms of his poetic literary accomplishment, but his work at moments reaches points of magical transcendence, for example in 'Adoni' and 'Pangenitor'. This collection of all his known poems is introduced with a long and detailed biographical essay which focuses on McMurtry's relationship with Crowley and his military career, pinpointing where possible the locations and situations which prompted the poems. It touches also on McMurtry's time in California with Jack Parsons, so has relevance for the history of West Coast Thelema in the mid 20th century.


Berkeley: J. Edward & Marlene Cornelius. 2001. Second Edition. Publisher's original card covers. A very good reprint of the elusive 1994 first printing. Slight discolouration to top edge of text bloc, interior bright and clean, front card slightly curled, but overall a very good copy.

Red Flame. Poetry of Grady McMurtry