I had heard about the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics back in high school. I had a poetry phase. Decades later, I was student of Boulder-based somatic educator Melissa Michael’s rites of passage process Surfing the Creative®, where I met a number of people who were graduate Naropa somatic psychology students. But it was really Jeanine Canty, who was my graduate adviser at Prescott College, who pointed me in the direction of Naropa.
I don’t know about gurus, but inspirations, formative influences—Jesus, Lao Tzu, MLK, Sun Ra, Amiri Baraka, Jim Morrison, Hendrix, Marley, Buckminster Fuller, Teilhard de Chardin. All the dope ancestors. The night sky. Flowing water. The Blues. The drum.
The air has textures ... density. Something just below color ....
Tell the truth, dance, play sports, be the only, or one of a few, black people in the room.
Inspirational. Deep. Serious. Big scope. Raw. Honest. Emergent.
Still thinking on that one ...
“Everybody is a star.”— Aleister Crowley or is it Sly and the Family Stone?
“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”— Helen Keller
“You can pause, but you can’t quit.”