Turning Japanese

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

— David Bohm

I’ve heard it said that when we label something we’ve already lost it. Our mind closes around the label, and in our rush to apprehend something its true essence and much of its vastness escapes us. Perhaps we should reconsider such common assertions as “It is a tree,” and choose instead to say “It is called a tree” … or a “cat” … or even

“I am called Michelle.”  Recently during a brief (unsolicited) encounter with a psychic I was told that I am, or have been, a Japanese man.

How does the seed become the tree?
          Falling in and out of white

Question Harry Hudson,  Answer Michelle Tennison, (2004)

Make two o’clock with one clock

— Surrealist Proverb,  Paul Eluard and Benjamin Peret

 

 

What is time?
          Memories of sleepwalking

Question Harry Hudson,  Answer Michelle Tennison ( 2005)

 

What fills the empty spaces?
          This moment

Q&A Session with Paul Cunniff, Sharon Cunniff, Mary Ellen Binkele, and Michelle Tennison

 

How long does a flower last?
          The eternal soul

Q&A Session with Mary Ellen Binkele and Michelle Tennison (2015)

 

 

The Verge

Perhaps the imagination is on the verge of recovering its rights.

— Andre Breton

What divides the light from the darkness?
          The warmth of the egg

Q&A Session with Sharon Cunniff, Mary Ellen Binkele, and Michelle Tennison (2011)


What is the meaning of Grace?

          I heard you sing in your sleep

Question Harry Hudson,  Answer Michelle Tennison (2005)


What thoughts are weightless?

          I step out of my mother’s dream

Question John Levy,  Answer Michelle Tennison (2017)

“We are Determined to Create a Revolution.”

Surrealism is not a new means of expression, nor a simpler one, nor even a metaphysic of poetry. It is a means of total liberation of the mind and of everything resembling it. 

  —Andre Breton, Surrealist tract, 1925

 

Is there a way out?
          (searching for) a lost oar

Question Mark Harris, Answer Michelle Tennison (2016)

 

When am I no longer me?
          The light fades to this point, the snakes come out

Question Harry Hudson, Answer Michelle Tennison (2004)