YURI HONING - For Turiya
Alb. “Memory Lane” (2001.)
Yuri Honing – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Maarten Ornstein – clarinet, bass clarinet; Emily Benyon – whistle; Jacob Slagter – horn; Keiko Iwate – violin; Fred Pot – cello; Achim Kaufmann – piano; Frans van der Hoeven – double bass; Joost Lijbaart – drums
Fusion of Odissi and Sri Lankan dance at Konark festival 2012. “Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”
That was beautiful and brilliant. The dancers were amazing and graceful, but also fast and energetic. Odissi is one of my favourite dancing arts.
There is only one Self and we’re all that. So whatever you do to anybody else, you’re doing to yourself. To go further into this, if you see me as a human being, if you see me as a body, you’re making a big mistake.
I see you as the Self, as consciousness. There is only consciousness. When you abide in consciousness, you become free.
Finally, what I want from poetry is akin to what Flaubert wanted from novels. He thought they should make us dream. I want a poem, through its precisions and accuracies, to make me remember what I know, or what I might have known if I hadn’t been constrained by convention or habit.
Stephen Dunn, from “Notes,” Walking Light: Essays and Memoirs (W. W. Norton & Co., 1993)
Virginia’s Farewell Letter to Her Husband:
'Dearest, I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier till this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that - everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer.
I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been.