D. H. Lawrence: Future Primitive

D. H. Lawrence: Future Primitive

D. H. Lawrence: Future Primitive

D. H. Lawrence: Future Primitive


This book will change the way you think about D. H. Lawrence. Critics have tried to define him as a Georgian poet, an imagist, a vitalist, a follower of the French symbolists, a romantic or a transcendentalist, but none of the usual labels fit. The same theme runs through all his work, beginning with his very first novel, The White Peacock, and ending with the last line of his final book, Apocalypse. Always it is nature. He said this over and over again, and no one - especially those who feared the "old ways" of harmonious and balanced living on the earth - understood him.


"Central between the flash of day and the black of night. . . . The mystery of the evening-star brilliant in silence and distance between the downward-surging plunge of the sun and the vast, hollow seething of inpouring night. The magnificence of the watchful morning-star, that watches between the night and the day, the gleaming clue to the two opposites." I thrilled to these words of D. H. Lawrence when I found them just as I was completing the manuscript for my first book, Earth Festivals. This was the lyrical description I needed for the powerful planet Venus, the Morning Star which stands between the darkness of night and the light of day and only appears in full glory when night and day are in a balanced relationship.

Some months after finding this brief passage I read the book it came from, The Plumed Serpent, with its underlying theme best expressed by the heroine, Kate: "No! It's not a helpless, panic reversal. It is conscious, carefully chosen. We must go back to pick up old threads. We must take up the old broken impulse that will connect us with the mystery of the cosmos again, now we are at the end of our tether."

I wondered how this lower class Englishman, son of a coal-miner, could know such things way back in the 1920s. Curious, I read everything Lawrence wrote and found many gems which I have used in rituals in natural settings throughout the years and passed on to others all over the country. Through the years, when I spoke of Lawrence during lectures or workshops, people would ask me to categorize his work, but none of the usual academic labels seemed to fit. They have tried to confine Lawrence within literary genres such as: a Georgian poet, an imagist, a vitalist, a follower of the French symbolistes, a romantic or a transcendentalist.

Browsing in an old issue of CoEvolution Quarterly, I found "Future Primitive," the name of an article by the internationally renowned ecologist and biogeographer, Raymond Dasmann, senior ecologist at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature at Morges, Switzerland. The article was a paper given at a conference in New Zealand . . .

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