To the scientist the aim of alchemy seems only to be the transmutation of base metals into gold. Though some alchemists were concerned solely with this, many were serious and dedicated thinkers who used alchemical symbols and ideas to probe religious, philosophical and psychological issues.

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Haiku is a form of poetry which is written in seventeen syllables. Each poem contains a word that refers to the season described in the haiku. The following haiku are by the three greatest haiku poets of Japan. (All translations are by R. H. Blyth)

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Past Events > Circo de Poesia @ Beyond Baroque (1)

Event: Circo de Poesia @ Beyond Baroque
Venice CA, May 29 1999
110 Attendants

Like the prior event, this one has no official title. It happens for the second time at Beyond Baroque’s minute theatre. It also marks the last night with Federico Luduena as the official MC. The night’s many beautiful moments and highlights: Actor Vigo Mortensen reads several poems from his own book while another actor and psychiatrist Gustav Vintas performs a voraciously lucid rendition of Jaime Sabines classic poem, "Santifiquemos a las Putas" -"Let’s annoint all whores as saints"-. Guitarist Tomas Cadena performs and a blind singer from Mexico interprets popular folklore. Assorted poets from Latin America read well known classics and their own material as well. Circo producers realize here that although the support from foundations like Beyond Baroque is much appreciated, some atmospheres cannot be compromised to meet institutional schedules. From this experience, Circo is faced with its first major challenge: how to continue… and under what guidelines?