In only 25 days, I will debut the first glimpses outside of the Joe Perez Facebook Page of a new public art project: the real-time emergence of my first two published collections of poetry: The English Kabbalah and Wheel of Spirit. These poetic collections will unfurl one day at a time, more or less daily, over the course of the year starting from the December solstice of 2012.
That these new books of poetry open with the closing of the Mayan long calendar is a happy coincidence, as those of you who believe in coincidences might say, but really it simply took a very, very long time to get to the point where I can BEGIN. Had I been able to finish a year or two ago, I might have been able to capitalize on the New Age marketing frenzy around the “Year 2012.” But as it happens, the books weren’t ready… and so I laugh while saying that I missed that particular bus. Which is just fine.
My poem “The Mayan Calendar Ends (October 21 in The Kalendar)” seem suitable for the occasion arising in just a few weeks…
The Mayan Calendar Ends / October 21 in The Kalendar
Reaches a hub;
From human birth
To breaking whole.
Hugging the middle.
Which have long
Lost their song.
The world hungers for
It knows not what.