One may have noticed that the FitzOmar’s Rubaiyat has unnamed themed sections to it, which I have named:
The Awakening, To Solitude Retired, The Verse in the Wilderness, The Blowing Rose, The Courts of Jamshyd, The River Lip, The Long Rest, Theology, The Same Door, Whence and Whither, Willy-Nilly Blowing, Vain Questioning, The Soul of the Cup, The Heavenly Potter, The Cup of Love, The Cup of Death, The Eternal Saki, The False and the True, The Vain Pursuit, The Divorce of Reason, The Jarring Sects, The Vine, Voices of the Past, The Soul’s Answer, The Fates Playing Games, Nights and Days, He Knows, The Moving Finger, Limitations, The Last Man, Omar’s Horoscope, Entrapment, In the Beginning, Kuza-Nama, In the Potter’s House, The Ungainly Pot, The Destroyer, The Loquacious Vessels, By-and-Bye, The End of Ramadan, Omar’s Tomb’s Fumes, Spring Returns, Youth and Age, This Sorry Scheme, and In Memoriam.
I will be using these as section headers in the upcoming illustrated The Exhaustive Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam—With Roots/Relateds, Lore, and Metaphysics.
Within the sections, there will be quatrain headers, followed by the illustrated root and related quatrains from the public domain, plus some of my own.
This illustrated and illuminated hardcover presentation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is meant to be the final and exhaustive rendering of Edward FitzGerald’s 115 quatrains that he transmogrified from Omar’s Persian Farsi Arabic.
The breadth and depth of FitzOmar has been greatly expanded upon herein by the collection and improvement of the FitzGerald-based root quatrains, plus variants, and related Omar quatrains from the public domain, along with my own inspired quatrains, and some of Positor’s, and putting their illustrated quatrains right after the best FitzOmar rendition selected from his four versions—which overall pictorial presentation beats just reading though some very long texts, such as the Bodleian and Calcutta manuscripts.
There are also annotations, side stories, elaborations, and tangents presented, as well as my deep metaphysical explorations and solutions to Omar’s quandaries. Thus, the book is fully complete, giving Rubaiyat readers a whole lot more to explore—and ever worth revisiting.
It contains about 1600 works of my art from iclone, Daz3D, and Photoshop, made over twenty years.
What a puzzle it was to put together!
There will be 6×9, 8.5×11, and 11×8.5 800 page hardcover editions, with the latter being a very useful Lulu.com book size addition, allowing for both portrait and landscape oriented images to be featured, although that edition will require two volumes, with extra material to fill it up all the way to 1600 pages total, but it will be well worth it.
There will also be a text-only edition and an iBook edition.
Some of the editions are already out, but I will name and point to them in another post.
I will try to make a 150 dpi PDF to host here for a while, which will be kind of a way to get the book for free—as useful for online viewing.
As for Covid-19, I came across and amended a quatrain to this:
From life we oft drew wine, now dregs to drink,
Once flaunted silk, but now in tatters shrink;
Such changes wisdom holds of slight account
To those who stand on death’s appalling brink!
I also like this one:
The chain is forged that links a thousand deaths
To a thousand future-generated breaths
When lips ripe as fruit gently part in pain:
The smile of a corpse is life touched by death.