About this book

Meditations on images and symbols of the tarot deck is not my original idea. Sherril Jaffe suggested this for a poetry workshop in February 1972, for which I wrote “Vision of a Sword.” The poems in this book are perhaps less mystical, and, since all the cards in the major arcana figure persons or at least symbolic characters, are mainly written in first person, more like monologues.

Illustrations in this book are from the major arcana of the tarot deck of Jean Dodal of Lyon, a classic tarot of Marseilles deck that dates from 1701-1715. Other versions of Le Bateleur, on the cover, are from the Milanese tarocchi, about 1500, the Oswald Wirth tarot deck of 1889, and the Rider-Waite tarot deck, 1909.

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The author

Tom Sharp, self portrait

Tom Sharp is a Native American of Aleut heritage, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He is the author of numerous books, including Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, Taurean Horn Press (ISBN 0-931552-10-9), a novel, Hans and the Clock (ISBN 979-8580172484), The book of science, SciFi (ISBN 979-8694935210), Things People Do (ISBN 979-8687425568), The book of beliefs (ISBN 979-8683553593), The I Ching (ISBN 979-8573510620), Images (ISBN 979-8577560515), Aleut Artifacts (ISBN 979-8575608998), Aleut Words (ISBN 979-8582103394), and First Nations (ISBN 979-8682924769).

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