Pepohonan #4 Jaya Tree Poetry

When poetry goes from one language to anohter it has to change to remain poetry.

I call this transcreation,

Dwijaya Saifil Munir sent me a wonderful spontaneous poem about the holiness of trees.

I transcreated it into English.

Then in performance I transcreated those lines into a homage to a big city garden tree.

I then transcreated that into a partial reconstruction of the original Indonesian poem in the subtitles.

As Paul McCartney wrote about his landmark indie album, Wings’ Wild Life, “Can you dig it?”

Geoff Fox, 17th February, 2021 Terra Nullius

The Fundamentals #9 Managing Our Times

Amanda Woods of San Diego is young and smart.

I am older. But I learn from and with her.

Martin Luther King Jr, born on this date in 1929 taught that “…… the wealth of cultural and technological progress in America is a result of the commonwealth of inpouring contributions.”

This human commonwealth exists across races, times and places.

When it is shared in freedom and justice, it can grow.

When it become tyrannous, it dies.

Geoff Fox, 16th January, 2021, Terra Nullius

The Fundamentals #3 We Need Us

My three words above stress the interdependence of us all which I see in the work of artist John Lawry.

On August 18, 1914, Woodrow Wilson proclaimed American neutrality in response to war in Europe. Seeking enemies and war doesnt do any good.

On August 18, 1920, women secured the right to vote across America. Excluding half the population from democracy wasnt sustainable.

Geoff Fox, 18th August. 2020, Down Under.

Literary Tujuhbelasan #8 Shelly: America

“If ya ain’t got it in ya, ya can’t blow it out. ” – Louis Armstrong, born 4th August, 1901

As Bill Clinton said in his first inauguration : “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”

For proof, consider this prose sonnet (poeticised a bit by me) from christian conservative “Shelly” of San Diego:

When I go to the Gate, I’ll play a duet with Gabriel. Yeah, we’ll play ‘Sleepy Time Down South’ and ‘Hello, Dolly!.’ Then he can blow a couple that he’s been playing up there all the time.” – Satchmo, in the spirit of America.

posted by Geoff Fox, longing to be free, but locked down bad in Terra Nullius, 4th August, 2020