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 > El Circo toma la Luna prisionera (9)

Event: El Circo toma la Luna prisionera
Los Angeles, CA, April 2 1999
Nora Artine Hosts
120 attendants

Explosive. First, Circo incites the underground LA crowd to attend under the threat of taking the moon hostage should they not be able to come. Then, having such massive response they are forced to cram 120 bodies in a two bedroom apartment. Poetry is read in languages understood and not: english, spanish, italian… At the entrance, secret passwords, fairies forecasting ‘disquieting outcomes’ and the crowd continues to come. Ernesto Sopprani, for some time to come a close Circo collaborator, arrives at this event. Some local literary groups such as Utopia and ES Cultura, join Circo for the night. Singer Blue from Venus Pumping, an underground band shows up. Alberto de Almar, a fierce flamenco guitarist plays for the crowd. Exquisite musicians invited by Federico Ramos, also embellish the night. As 7 am inaugurates the first light of day, a xylophonist marches on, un-interrupted for hours. All the senses, once more, were satisfied.