Parably Not


Parably Not

Will2Love Series Book 3

Paul Van Der Spiegel

William Blake wrote in the preface to Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion of his desire to “speak to future generations by a Sublime Allegory.” One could also argue that the miracles and the parables of Christ are metaphors, and one of the errors of the religion that bears their name is trampling sublime allegory beneath the heel of process and doctrine.

If Trans Deus is Mark, if 7 Minutes is Matthew, then Parably Not is Lucy with the dynamic of “Q Source” thrown in for good measure. “Q” is not a ridiculous conspiracy theory cooked up to delude and obfuscate a population. “Q” is the theory proposed by biblical scholars to account for the shared content in Matthew and Luke, the oral “sayings of Jesus” tradition that is absent in Mark’s account. We can only speculate on who Quelle was, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were a woman, or a group of women—a female gospel airbrushed from history by the patriarchy that followed. As someone who passionately believes in inclusion and diversity, it was not too much of a leap to make my Q Source a queer source.

Having written two “text only” books, I wanted to emulate the Prophet of Hercules Road and illuminate these recontextualised parables, continuing the process I had pioneered as a child, cutting up my mum’s copies of Woman’s Own and pasting the chosen pages into my scrapbook.

“We were worried about you for a while,” my dad told me as a teenager, as he recollected my enthusiasm for Woman’s Weekly, sparkly tights, and walking about in my mum’s heels carrying her handbag. I said nothing.

“Poetry fetter’d, fetters the human race,” Blake wrote. He’s right. But there are plenty of other things that fetter the human race, too.

Our job as sub-creators is to unfetter, to explore, to challenge, to remake. I offer you Parably Not, as it is intended: scrapbook literature, unfinished, scruffy, feral, confused, uncertain; ready to be woven into new allegory.