A Sequence of Firesides

A four-part poetic sequence, based upon the study of a compilation of texts that mention the concept:

A Sequence of Firesides

  1. Supplication
  2. Narration
  3. Exposition
  4. Resolution

A compilation of fireside texts

Study Guide


Part One was written in 1998 in Culver City. It felt incomplete, and seemed to require a second part. The second part came quite unexpectedly, on three successive mornings, perhaps inspired by an article in American Baha'i that held up the interview of Mulla Husayn with the Bab as a prototypical fireside. But it did not seem to complete the first part. So, the third and fourth parts were conceived and worked out. It's unusual for me to work on a poem, they mostly seem to be there when I wake. The working out was informed by a pretense of symetrical structure.

A poetic sequence is made up of parts that can stand alone. The first part I can recite from memory, and is useful to raise the question: What is a fireside?

The second part has been recited as part of the devotions for the Baha'i Holy Day, the Declaration of the Bab, most notably at the Charlotte, NC celebration in 2001, which also featured a live video feed of the inauguration of the Terraces on Mount Carmel.

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