Aeonist Poems

I call these my “Aeonist” poems in reference to Ruthanna Emrys’s Innsmouth Legacy books, and her Deep One characters’ worship of the the Lovecraftian gods with a particular focus on the spiritual meaning of deep geologic time. While the Aeonist religion of Emrys’s Deep Ones definitely inspired some of the following poems, they mostly only indirectly reference it.

The first of these poems, “Cape Ann,” was written fairly soon after I read Winter Tide, the first of the two Innsmouth Legacy novels, and is named after Cape Ann in Essex County, Massachusetts, and which is made of particularly hard granite that used to be quarried in significant quantities.

“Cape Ann”

The next two poems were written nearly two years later, and they both address death and feelings of mortality in ways that seem fundamentally Aeonist to me.

“Three Refuges in Dying”


Finally, “The Seven Sorrows of Shub-Niggurath” addresses a comment from the narrator in Deep Roots, the second of the Innsmouth Legacy novels that the goddess Shub-Niggurath has the title “Mother of Fear” because she is a creator goddess and “children are terrifying,” in the sense that having children gives you so many things to fear happening to them. Because I enjoy syncretism so much, I decided I needed to write a poem syncretizing Shub-Nuggurath with Our Lady of Sorrows.

“The Seven Sorrows of Shub-Niggurath”