|Bobbie Louise Hawkins with Jackson Mac Low, Jim Carroll, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and Steven Taylor in the tent at the 1999 Summer Writing Program, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Boulder, CO |
A Few Words of Encouragement from a
your hand on my
your gaze of steel
and your love
in the form of a
growl of command
as you let me know
that you think I
ought to keep it up
a quick moment
you’d soon forget
an act of
to sustain me
for going-on two
thank you for the
to tell family
& to proceed
make friends with the microphone
even the fiercest
if all goes well to
reminders of our
Resurrection Ritual for Bill Scheffel
based on notes from his
Shambala Meditation Practicum
Naropa Institute, Fall
I wouldn’t say that I understand the environment;
I simply experience it. John Cage
are you on time?
what is your experience of time?
do you feel you have enough time?
can you listen to someone
without simultaneously critiquing
what they’ve said?
how much are we tasting all of our experience?
how much do you consider the beauty in your life?
does the universe have an opinion?
is there consciousness before opinion?
before opinions is the cosmic mirror
nowness is intuitive intelligence
something intelligent that just witnesses
This is perfect (perfected, complete, flawless).
Expression of a man I admire.
we carry the burden
we are under duress
we need to undo this numbness
we are dominated by narration
we internalize metaphors, and they can become
we can hold on to a particular thought for our
thought may not be true
the drala has been dispelled by the modern
barrage of competing thoughts like gunfire
patchwork of masks which form a cocoon
we don’t want to deal with the intensity of the
emotions are energy, not a story
what we see is largely memory
get over your mythology
reverse the process, flip figure & ground
notch, catalogue, pivot
change allegiance from thought to intuition
return to awareness
become where you are
look at what is
when you notice an intensity
become a block of wood (this is a metaphor)
in the moment
experience has a duration
beneath fear is tenderness
the warrior cultivates both fearlessness &
faith, creativity, joy, nature, trust
curiosity is high intelligence
awareness is my home
It’s a lofty goal, but I’m not a bodhistattva
I have already survived
What did you learn from Bobbie Louise Hawkins?
A Call for Submissions
Kona Morris has been working on creating a craft book with Bobbie, tentatively entitled Bobbie On Writing
Kona and Bobbie’s daughter, Sarah Creeley, have decided that in
addition to the pages compiling Bobbie’s remarkable insight on the art,
craft, and process of writing, they will also include a section in the
book from people whom Bobbie inspired.
We are asking anyone who ever internalized something from Bobbie’s
exceptional wisdom—about the craft of writing and performance, but also
about life and anything else—to submit a piece for the book.
These essays (or whatever form they take) will serve as a sort of
collective Afterward, a compilation of testimonies, for all those people
who were never fortunate enough to learn straight from the source, and
for those who have yet to discover the extraordinary gift that the
literary world had in Bobbie Louise Hawkins.
Please share this with anyone who knew Bobbie, and email all submissions to the following email address by December 31st, 2018: BobbieOnWriting@gmail.com