Cultural transmutation: Will Shakespeare -- 400
There comes a time when you become
in your life
sometimes one by one
sometimes all rolled into one
and, sometimes, in piecemeal.
You are, that moment, a Will Shakespeare
Will becomes you
the creator, created and the recipient -- isomers of artistic universe.
You inhabit a temporal paradox
a dualism of time...here
making and unmaking of moments
real and lapsed collapsing in the same moment
Simultaneously posited in 1564-1616 and 2016
Flitting between an English Court and postmodern Mumbai/Madrid.
How time is caught, preserved, anesthetized -- and revived!
In your current finger tips you hold bits of brittle time
faded lost buried in a tomb or tome in a library
an era gone forever but retrieved and re-incarnated
between a text and your eyes!
Will Shakespeare defies time
an encyclopedia is shown in his lines and songs
the full nature of human beings revealed on/off the stage
folios and films.
In dear William Shakespeare, each finds a bit of themselves
neatly labeled, documented and analyzed
and other dramatic personae
at varied times by donning their robes and lines.
sediments of ages…lie inside the plays and sonnets
for us to find.
There, yet not there, yet there-not here
here-there, there-here, living two realms of space-time
a grave digger
a babbling Lear finding clarity and sanity
in moments of insanity!
A sculptor’s workshop Strafford on Avon, 1617 -- Henry Wallis
[Ben Jonson shows Gerard Johnson the (alleged) death mask of William Shakespeare for his memorial sculpture in his home town.]