From a review by Haw&Thorn:
Our Failing Shadows is a twilight text, best read at dusk or dawn. Indeed, many of the poems call on themes of liminality, the unseen and the shadowy presence of the dead within the land. Few spirits are named, and those that are not draw power from their ambiguity. The poems vary in voice and style, some are invocatory, others bold statements of identity from the otherworld. The spirits are called and given a voice, and sometimes that voice whispers things uncomfortable to hear. The poet engages with concepts of sin, both religious and ecological. ‘Anticosmic’ and ‘A Curse (for Humankind)’ confront us with the fact that however much we other ourselves, we cannot escape our humanity…. It draws in form and style on ancient hymns, spells, psalms, charms and folk music. It is also a text that can be worked, including invocations to spirits and even a solitary rite, with full instructions. This is not a passive book about someone else’s spiritual experience, but one which the reader too may become involved in.
From the book’s introduction:
As works of magick are products of imagination, intent and gnosis, so are these poems. They have been reified through various occult technologies: dream incubation, trance, pathworking, automatic writing, possession. According to the poet, ‘Babalon’, for example, took on a life of its own in the writing; its words were moulded by another hand and emerged as an invocation of the Red Goddess. Can it be used as such? Try reading the Enochian version aloud 156 times and see what happens; to badly paraphrase Alan Moore: if you repeatedly declare yourself to be a slave of Babalon, then one day you are likely to wake up and discover that is exactly what you’ve become.