Left thinking—what just happened?

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L’homme cirque, David Dimitri, and the crescent moon, Completement Cirque, 20130713

I waited fifty
Years to see a man shot out
Of a cannon’s mouth
Done in the blink of an eye
Left thinking—what just happened?

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L’homme cirque, David Dmitri at Completment Cirque

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Like watching your best friend die

S by Circa

Slippery—life itself
Circa again brings the pain
All the while grinning
Sensual—silly—savage
Like watching your best friend die

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S by Circa at Theatre Nouveau Monde

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Waltzes with apples

Gandini Juggling Smashed

Waltzes with apples
For order—chaos—control—
Tension juggling this
Perverse allure of violence—
Is precisely the dark game

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(After seeing Smashed by Gandini Juggling at Theatre Outremont)

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Flyers—carriers

Face Nord d'Un loup pour l'homme

Photo copyrighted by Milan Szypura.

Flyers—carriers
A foursome engaged—boyish
Roughhouse childhood games
Of blindman`s bluff—London bridge
Follow-the-leader—leap-frog

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(After seeing Face Nord by Un Loup pour l’homme at Gare Dalhousie)

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In The Peony Pavilion

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The ants swarm the bud
An army of mandibles
Hungry for nectar
The peony luring them with
Sugars—amino acids

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But the bud will burst
In explosions of pink—white
With or without this
Voracious invading host
To release what lies hidden

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Peonies bloom in
Their strange witchcraft of beauty
Independent of
The attendant ants—and our
Admiring and selfish eyes

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My grief beyond doubt
Unfolds across beds ruffled
Seeded—salted hot
Not with tears—I am no ghost
From a haunted grave released

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My sorrows—full-blooded
Rage and boil beyond the reach
Of mortal words—tongues
No more wounded than the flowering
Of the peonies’ petals

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Depth Charges:

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Kunqu – Zhang Zhihong – The Peony Pavilion – Search for the Dream
Book I.Scene 5 – Search for the Dream

Du Liniang returns to the garden to retrieve traces of her dream. She finds fond memories everywhere. She relives her dream and recalls how she was awakened by swirling flowers.

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