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A MINDFULNESS POEM: “SADHAKA” BY B.W. POWE FROM THE BOOK “DECODING DUST” (2016)

Sadhaka

I was in prison
unjustly jailed (I thought)
I asked for my freedom
The jailer refused
What was my crime I asked
Everything he said
Confused and angry
I wrote a letter to you

I received a lamp
a drawing made of lines and circles
a book with empty pages –some pencils-
a shawl and a cup for rain

these and the little food I was given
through the slot in the steel door
I read into the dark
reflected on the drawing
I wrote our shapes like letters
in the morning in your blank book
I prayed and kept warm by the lamp
and in the shawl then I fasted
drinking only from the small cup
filled with water that seeped into my cell

By day I became calm and happy
By night I drew and read more
Soon I saw between your lines
an open space and a silence
I saw the lines
become a shape like a map

Your map took me
to the crack in the floor
I scratched and dug there
By day I prayed and read
By night I learned how to dig
my way forward
slowly displacing the dirt
out the small barred window

When I came at last into
the sudden air the wind
the breath beyond the lines
the breathing behind the map
I knew the story lived in my hands
I stood up
What would I do now
with a soul

Autor, B.W. Powe

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Announcement: Elena Teresa Sánchez-Powe (Elenita). Born December 12th 2017 in Markham, Ontario.

There’s no need for a poem
Elenita is the poem

 

From Andalucía to Ontario
Love eternal across all borderlines

¡Viva Spanada!

Liberation: Video-Poem from B.W. Powe’s Last Book: Decoding Dust

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Liberation

Once the wind
tore us from tears
we followed the flood
by Zion’s trees

and found our harps
floating on waves
while those of the air
summoned us here

Every captive land
a home a haven
No one a stranger
all destinations vital

Hallowed is this place
with no gates and walls

Responses to “The Charge in the Global Membrane”

“If Marshall McLuhan were to rejoin us today, he would be stunned at how much has changed so quickly. …Your Membrane text does the update exactly as he would. …The integration of text with art work made me think at first of (what is for me) the best of Arthur Kroker… The art work by Marshall Soules is nothing short of amazing. He’s a sort of Wyndham Lewis, Marc Chagall, and Picasso rolled into one. …The text is masterly, always marrying precision and elegance with phrases such as ‘ripples of sensibility,’ “global epic of extremism,” the notion of pattern recognition flipping into paranoia… Well done!”
W. Terrence Gordon, author of Marshall McLuhan: Escape into Understanding, dramatist and essayist

 

“It takes a visionary to be able to make sense of the blur of the world whirling ever faster around us. The drawn images add another dimension to the words. …It takes a non-linear poetic mind to describe the new normal of our existence. …Loved the way this tied in Rimbaud and the ‘cusp artists.’
Diane Keating, poet, novelist, author of The Crying Out

 

“This is a great piece of work: a really timely synthesis of much of B.W.P’s thinking over the years. And the Cuban street-art plays at so many levels (I particularly like the irony).”
Jim Berry, artist and entrepreneur

 

The Charge is by far the best thing Powe´s written since McLuhan and Frye, sweeping in scope, finely tuned, and appropriate in style, deeply provocative in thought.”
Wilfred Cude, author of The PhD Trap and Weapons of Mass Disruption

 

THE CHARGE IN THE GLOBAL MEMBRANE: NOTES ON PARADIGM CHANGE By B.W. Powe

From the Global Village and the Global Theatre to the Global Membrane

Prose Percepts, Lyric Responses by B.W. Powe, in collaboration with Marshall Soules, on NEW MEDIA, EMPATHY, IDENTITY, REFUGEES, NATIONALISM, THE DONALD TRUMP PHENOMENON, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, A-LITERACY, THE WILD INTERNET, PARANOIA, POETRY AND INTIMACY, BOB DYLAN, PATTI SMITH…

Street Art Photos by Marshall Soules

Click here to read this piece on the McLuhan Galaxy Blog