William Blake’s Spiritual Visions, by Iain Sinclair

The Spiritual and the Radical

“I think it’s impossible to detach Blake’s radical spiritual beliefs from the radical political beliefs, because they all grew out of the same soil.”

Iain Sinclair’s terrific short introduction to Blake’s life and work, showing how his spirituality and clarity of vision emerge from being “dissident and difficult”. Sinclair is a writer, film-maker, and ‘psychogeographer’ whose work often centres on London, as in Lud Heat and London Orbital. His book Ghost Milk criticized the British government for using the 2012 Summer Olympics as an excuse to militarize London while forcing the poorest citizens out of their homes.

Blake’s attack on State Religion and Encoded Authority, by Saree Makdisi

Antinomianism, Patriarchy, and De-Coding the Matrix


No matter what difficulties he may have had with the Enlightenment discourse of liberty, Blake had no hesitation whatsoever in joining the radical attack on the patriarchal institutions of state religion and the political authority of the government: it is of course the established church where the little chimney sweeper’s parents “are gone to praise God & his Priest & King,/Who make up a heaven of our misery.”

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