An Epic Fantasy in Verse
One afternoon, in an old house in an abandoned village on the outskirts of Perimeter, in the place they call Pacifica, Bramah and the beggar boy find fragments of an ancient text in an oak box. Hunched over scraps of parchment and broken computer disks, they blow the dust off a cover, and so our story begins.
Steeped in the tradition of fairy tales, The Heart of This Journey Bears All Patterns (THOT J BAP) features a world in which a small band of resisters and survivors meet heartbreak and destruction with rhymes and chants, resourceful skills such as glass making, and a belief in the supernatural.
Many things happen—some good, but mostly bad—including five eco-catastrophes and a viral bio-contagion. Shapeshifting in and out of it all is the nimble Bramah, a female locksmith, part human, part goddess—brown, brave, and beautiful.
And watching over this world, is the distant All-Mother, a personification of the universe. She might offer passage through the Consortium controlled Portals, allowing respite from the travails of one epoch by journey to another; and yet, as is so often the case, even divine intervention can’t stop the hands of fate and the choices humans make.
A planet in ruins.
Rhymes as subversion.
Mythic texts and characters, reimagined.
THOT J BAP is an epic poem: “epic,” in that it is long, and that it is designed as an intricate set of tales within tales. The work is inspired by the tradition of the saga, and influenced by poems such as Homer’s Odyssey, ancient Vedic texts such as the Mahabharata, as well as The Arabian Nights.
You are invited to think of this website as your guide to the series.
THOT J BAP eagerly awaits you.
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