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Monday, 3 December 2018

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

HOW OLD ARE YOU? (KNGWARREYE)
CATHEDRA.EXULTATION vs MALEVICH.KANDINSKY.MONDRIAN
All art has a context.Aboriginal art/ initiation and ceremony.
Stories in sand ,on bark,in ocher on walls of cave
were local and tribal and meant to initiate ."Here is your billabong.
"Here is where roots and yams  are plentiful."Here your kanguru"
Such stories were not translated into paint on canvas for sale until 1970.
50,000 years of desert dreamings  were overpainted on cave walls,
or kicked away from sand teachings(just like Buddhist sand yantras)
We FEEL but do not know,why Aboriginal art moves us so.
Even they were at first painting in a descriptive (Western)way
in order to sell trinkets to tourists(like boomerangs MADE IN CHINA)
Traditional context was updated when Kngwarreye and new "painters"
adopted Western modes of preservation and communication
while preserving a form of storytelling.Secrets of landscape/fauna
alluded to,but no "secret "knowledge imparted.We love but do not know.
We do not know the Dreaming-the desert lizard ,the bush hen.
We do not have to know them to survive.But we intuit what we have all lost.
And what we have gained.

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