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’s First Organizational Meeting (1)

Circo’s First Organizational Meeting
July 11th, 2005
Meeting marks Circo de Poesia’s launch as an enterprise
6 Attendants + 1 Moderator

This meeting marks a turning point in Circo de Poesia’s trajectory. Seven of Circo’s closest collaborators are invited to attend: Stella Sosa, Silvia Askenazi, Samantha Miller, Sergio Oscar Martinez, Alicia Villa, Esteban Bergese and Sergio Martinez. Eugenia Aladro acted as the moderator of the night. After having the document Are You Circo? for their review for a month, each person was invited to state their personal views about Circo’s imminent transformation. They were also invited to become part of the new project in its new form. Some declined to continue while assuring nonetheless their individual support. A grace period of three months was offered to all those attending in order to give them a chance to respond, refute in writing, or suggest an alternate course of action to the one being proposed at this meeting. Here, both Alicia Villa and Sergio Martinez announce their intention to become Circo de Poesia’s first investors and principals. At the end of October, almost four months after the organizational meeting took place, no one had come forward to offer a more sensible option or alternative. In October, after consulting with Pipi Sbarra, Jose’s surviving sister, both Alicia and Sergio formed a partnership to run Circo de Poesia as an enterprise. Days after, the domain was purchased and a website was soon after commissioned. This page you’re reading is precisely part of this site dedicated among many other things, to Circo’s trajectory -nomadology- and ideography. Because Circo de Poesia in Los Angeles was for many years intimately associated with a certain group of people, it became necessary to revise certain terminology used to describe us as ‘a collective’, or as ‘a group’. Effective October 11, old assumptions about what Circo de Poesia is or was, officially end. October 11th 2005 marks Circo’s first day as an enterprise. As such, its current principals have developed their own income model to support Circo de Poesia’s year-round program and operations. Unlike non-profits, Circo intends to develop a self-sustaining model to generate the capital needed for its own survival.