The Museum of the Lord of Shame

The Museum of the Lord of Shame
by Gary Rosenthal


The Museum of the Lord of Shame
is a chapbook made of the long title poem in a poetry collection that originally was to have been published by North Atlantic Books. Its Coda first appeared in Sark's Succulent Wild Woman, published by Simon and Schuster.

Not everything in the soul is sweetness and light. This poem evokes that part of the soul that often presents the first major initiation in inner work. Here we encounter the witch or troll-like part of the soul that can lead us to cringe in shame--a self-negating voice that leads us to not trust ourselves--or the universe; an undermining part of the soul that views us through a darkened lens.

This is the voice of bad mirroring--that may continue to live in us as childhood's dark legacy; an often-invisible component of our narcissistic wound.  Until we confront the Lord of Shame there are many gifts of our true selves that remain cloaked and in hiding.

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