'Oh,' he said, 'I have lived with nothingness
so long it has lost its meaning.
I have said "yes" to the universe
so many times its echoes
have returned increasingly as "no."
I have developed my negatives
of the divine and preserved their technicolour
in a make-believe album. I realise
the imagination is alive only
in an oxygenated world. The truth
is less breath-taking than the vacuum
into which it withdraws...'
- From "Mischief" in No Truce with the Furies (1996) from Bloodaxe Books