Marshall Soules, writer, artist, scholar, critic (2017)
Marshall Soules, writer, artist, scholar, critic (2017)
…is the world a poem
we’re all composing?
Leonard, you said Mystery lives Lorca lives
in New York City
in the way Magic is alive God is alive
But today on el Paseo de los Tristes
sightseers swear they saw uncanny figures,
kindred shades, one chanting
the other playing a flamenco guitar
their lyrics and strings striking light
in the white-stone place
the gypsies call
the area of morning
From B.W. Powe’s Andalusian poems, a work in progress
“Evocative of amazing and hitherto unsuspected modes of communication and communion… I hope it receives the notices and reviews it deserves… A distinctive and stylish accomplishment.”
-John Robert Colombo, author, critic, poet, chronicler of quotations
“… A third-eye on fire.”
-Elana Wolff, poet
“My god. I am blown away by the bardic power if this poetry. Thank you so much for putting it out into the world, which needs it so… Simply numinous.”
-J.F. Martel, critic, author, essayist, filmmaker
“The poet sings throughout the book, which is a strange mixture of the elegiac and the celebratory -a cacophony of voices, murmurs, whispers, cries… All of Powe’s book, in prose or poetry, incarnate being that sings.”
-J.S. Porter, poet, essayist, columnist for Dialogue
“An extraordinary work.”
-Philip Marchand, author, critic, National Post columnist
“[Powe] uncovers dimensions that are so obviously a part of our experiences yet so rarely commented on… Whatever fragments of life or vision we have, we’ve got to hold onto them as what we’ve got… We’ve got to search for what’s left over, what inspiration remains… That’s when we find ourselves ‘decoding dust’… in emotional arches and longings, yearning… in the language that speaks to the gravity of life. The gravity that the spoils of our contemporary early 21st century existence sometimes allows us to float through effortlessly, carelessly, unremarkably. [Powe’s] work is in defiance of the blah. I was reached by the sheer imagination and the attention to detail in this work. Whatever changes it’s made in me are just beginning. … This is writing for out times.”
-Karl Leschinsky, writer, teacher, film-critic
“My god. I am blown away by the bardic power of this poetry. Thank you so much for putting this out into the world, which needs it so.
I will write more about this, but I’m just beginning to process it.
J.F. Martel, author of “Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice. A treatise, critique, and call to action”
From The Antigonish Review, Number 186, Summer 2016: pages 117-123.
Here is the last paragraph of Wilf Cude’s insightful essay on B.W. Powe’s book.
“What are the laws at work?” The question, right before the close, is rhetorical. “These are what was called the two truths of the wisdom traditions”, B.W. replies, to himself and to us: “everything has two sides, which can be called the double vision and figure/ground, innocence and experience together, the visible and invisible always in vibrations of influence.” Two sides. Two books. A Climate Charged from so long ago and Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy, from just about yesterday. Thirty years between them, and a well-lived life, innocence and experience. Two bookend books, bookending a remarkable academic and intellectual enterprise, when student Bruce William has come back as author B.W. Powe, fresh from frontiers, in a changed form, finally to meet his mentors again. On more or less equal footing, this time around. Let other new and vital lessons begin.
Coming this August. B.W. Powe’s New Book of Poetry. NeoPoiesis Press.
Into the Unknown and New:
McLuhan-Frye, Electric Processing, Imagination, the Poetics of Opening Time
The Marshall McLuhan-Northrop Frye Matrix represents visionary legacies of insight into the global theatre, electricity, imagination and identity, and a quickening search into the future, where the “medium is the massage” joins with “the great code”. This presentation appreciates the seers who discovered pathways to recognizing present patterns and manifestations, and then moves on to see how these ideas and perceptions are shaping a 21st Century poetics. They spoke of Closing Time, a prophetic awareness inspired by their readings of the metamorphic, associative Finnegans Wake. Electric Processing and Imagination together form the recognition that our crossroads is both a Closing Time and an Opening Time: an evolutionary hyperdrive–where paradigms break down and new forms of consciousness emerge, where terror and fear simultaneously surge with visions of higher forms of consciousness and keener hearts. The closings we see in raging phenomena like the Brexit, xenophobia, the rise of Trump and Putin; the openings we see in the desire for people and ideas to cross barriers and boundaries, in the compassionate welcome to others and a creative inventive now. Our new Mysteries are jolting,mythically immersive, severe and ecstatic. This carries the imperative of perceiving that primary shifts are now happening in awareness and sensibility. Beyond ideology and theory, we´re experiencing immediacy and trancendence, darkening and illuminations, the closing of minds, openings of the soul. Can we sense what higher and lower frequencies are beginning to play out?
B.W. Powe is a poet, philosopher, storyteller and essayist. An Associate Professor of English Literature in the Department of English at Toronto’s York University, he teaches courses on visionaries and the legacies of McLuhan and Frye. He was affiliated from 2011 until 2016 with the University of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, where worked on a virtual project called Opening Time: On the Energy Threshold, with Cristina de Miranda Almeida and Matteo Ciastellardi. His newest works are Decoding Dust (poems and dramatic monologues) and The Tigers of Perception (a multi-media lyric essay).