“…it was all-important to rid the mind of [the ego’s] crushing tyranny.” – Paul Brunton, Instructions for Spiritual Living.
This little book of 21 poems looks at our (perhaps unconscious) desire to find another locus for ourselves, a land larger than that afforded by the ego; a land we can safely operate from and where our inner world is more at peace.
Some of the poems are written as reflections on dreams and contemplative experiences. Other poems are from the placards, cerebria folio (2021) and from the dream tales folio (2019).
In this little book I offer tastes of the imaginal realm of cerebria. This is a realm I’ve been exploring since the beginning of 2020. (You can find out more about the realm here.)
The book consists of 21 image and text pairs, exploring the caterpillar, the three visiting voids, the sailors of cerebria and their songs and devotional actions.
The selection is taken from the two folios postcards from cerebria and tales from cerebria.
I hope the book offers what it says – a small taste of the mysteries of this realm.
This is a chapbook of 52 very short poetic texts about nature, and about presence.
The poems were distilled from a period of careful observation of nature and of the world in general, and were influenced by the crazy world of the wonderful Zen poet Ikkyu (see his Crow With No Mouth).
mirror facing mirror
nowhere else – Ikkyu
The cover image is from Guluga, a mountain near the South Coast of NSW Australia, and sacred to the Yuin Aboriginal people.
39 poems that speak of rain, of wind, of lands and of sea – and of the spirit.
“…the power of that persistent upward force within us…” – Eknath Easwaran
In late 2020 I looked once more at this set of poems, that I wrote and deliberated upon during the period 2003 – 2009, and decided that they’ve retained their power and I should publish them.
I’m thinking of this power as like an updraft of wind – the spirit. It’s there strongly for me in the poem valley, wind, and in another way in the poem the rains that fall around here.
The poem something in a drawer appeared in Blue Dog, Volume 7, Number 13.
I hope that something of this power comes through these poems to you too, the reader.
poetics about cerebria
Word pieces and poetics about cerebria, 2020 – 2021. (Pieces marked ☨ have audio.)
These two word pieces augured the arrival of folios about cerebria:
in the folio postcards from cerebria
- we three voids☨
- epynean inquiry☨
- epynean newsletter☨
- sailors’ song☨
- invocation in two voices☨
- telachian whirl☨
- paean in two voices☨
in the folio tales from cerebria
in the folio fires of cerebria
in the folio glimpses from cerebria
in the folio placards, cerebria
word pieces – other folios
Word pieces and poetics relating to earlier folios. Word pieces marked ☨ have audio.
2019 (in the folio dream tales):
why do the natives cling?☨ return☨ christabel on the slope☨ wise birds☨ nocturne of the couriers☨ the birth of christabel☨ what i, the caterpillar, said☨ three visiting voids☨
2019 (in the folio a robe):
generative☨ christabel disrobed☨ christabel’s sorrow☨ the encounter of jefferson and the couriers☨ bearing☨ carriage☨ breath☨ christabel attends iosefina☨ jeselmina grieving☨ iosefina longing☨ return☨ tenebrae☨ queen of the arc☨
dark device, the alabaster palace, old priests, early morning