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Blessing the Boats - From quilting (1991), "lucifer understanding at last" Summary & Analysis

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From quilting (1991), "lucifer understanding at last" Summary

This poem says directly what the previous poems have been hinting, that Lucifer was enchanted and entranced by sexuality and thus fell to earth, leaving heaven, leaving all the promise that a chosen son could have hoped for. Lucifer understands that God's father is in creativity and more than that, he is "bearer of lightning/and of lust," feeling the power of attraction in light and in sex. He falls like lighting, falling like a phallus thrust into the earth. He finds what he wants in Eden, and says that if the angels come to understand this attraction, there will never be any more peace in heaven.

From quilting (1991), "lucifer understanding at last" Analysis

This is a strong, sexual poem. Lucifer is personified as a lightning bolt, a phallus...

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