Should one verbally stand and poetically array squirrels, consensus assessment in most instances would settle upon a psychic mode suffused with sentimental endearment, sans the realia of the squirrels that are feeding. Or say, take ants, do we see them as items to be scattered or crushed, or are they seen as superior ecologists, or as authors of complex social systems. Too long humans have sought to colonise the other through the lens of insufficiency, never understanding alien conscious that surrounds us.
As part of my ongoing poetry workshop at Pomona College we engage in poetic exercise once a week. One of which involved entering consciousness of the body through the other. These are poems un-doctored, composed on the spot, burning with the immediate. They are works that signal the entry of voices here-to-fore unknown to the poetic kingdom. The latter, in these penultimate times corroded by ulcerated coteries, and by enablers who promulgate sophomoric verbal array.
These poems, were originally an exercise that invoked rotational consciousness, that provokes alternatives while raising one’s consciousness of otherness, an idea originally sparked by exercises wrought by Edward De Bono in his book Lateral Thinking.
More poems by Alexander’s students will be added here: Consciousness of Body As Other.