Will this dream ever end?
I bet heaven is also what you make of it.
Question Christopher Herold, Answer Michelle Tennison (2017)
Fairy dust, plus
a little wind
At extreme magnification it remains star-shaped.
Question Sabine Miller, Answer Michelle Tennison (2015)
Ink on paper, Michelle Tennison 2017
Does nothing move?
Crows amid these ink stains lonelier still
Question John Levy, Answer Michelle Tennison (2017)
I madly love everything that adventurously breaks the thread of discursive thought and suddenly ignites a flare illuminating a life of relations fecund in another way.
— Andre Breton
Poet John Levy’s curious questions add an almost Monty Python-like quality to the game. Together with some random answers they do create meaning, albeit of a somewhat cosmically weird kind. Makes me wonder as I go through an ordinary day what else is hiding there.
How does a herd of gaffes disappear?
“The tulips have opened, Love, hurry home!”
What haunts your eraser?
A long exhalation of ferns
What do the weeds sing?
A dark comedy
When does the mind really mind?
The thumping sound of a flat tire
Questions John Levy, Answers Michelle Tennison (2017)
Surrealist proverb, Paul Eluard and Benjamin Peret
What do babies see?
I’m a butterfly when you’re not looking
Q&A Session with Mary Ellen Binkele and Michelle Tennison (2014)
What did the bird leave behind in the tree?
The flower no one sees
Q&A Session with Paul Cunniff, Sharon Cunniff, Mary Ellen Binkele, and Michelle Tennison
Once upon the space-time continuum I fell in love with you I guess
Now wherever I go there we are
I don’t know if Andre Breton ever really defined the concept of The Marvelous, a term he used to describe that transcendent, almost magical connectedness that collaborative surrealist games of chance and other surrealist techniques can occasionally attain, but some related concepts might shed light on its creative expression. The following passage from Ervin Lazlo’s Science and the Akashic Field discusses consciousness within the transpersonal realm and its promise:
Transpersonal consciousness is open to more of the information that reaches our brain than the consciousness still dominant today. This could have momentous consequences. It could produce greater empathy among people, and greater sensitivity to animals, plants, and the entire biosphere. It could create subtle contact with the rest of the cosmos. When a critical mass of humans evolves to the transpersonal level of consciousness, a higher civilization is likely to emerge with deeper solidarity and a higher sense of justice and responsibility.
— Ervin Lazlo, Science and the Akashic Field
Where does your body stop and everything else begin?
A residual memory pulls us toward its center
Question Christopher Herold, Answers Michelle Tennison (2017)
Consciousness evolution is from the ego-bound to the transpersonal form. If this is so, it is a source of great hope.
— Ervin Lazlo, Science and The Akashic Field
Transpersonal Psychology associates ‘transpersonal consciousness’ as higher or expanded consciousness, including consciousness of a transcendent spiritual dimension.