Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cold Weather Sound Poems


Here are links to my recent sound-poem podcasts.


WEEU Radio

Reading Eagle Online



Image: “Cold Weather” by Tullio DeSantis, altered photo and ink drawing, 2011

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mirroring each other
programming ourselves
endless looping feedback
erasing our differences
seeing hearing thinkingexactly the same things
soon we will be
the same person
at that point
we won’t
even know
who we are


Poem: “singularity” by Tullio DeSantis

Image: “singularity” by Tullio DeSantis, 2011

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The Big Death

in ending there is renewal, is there not? It’s only in death that a new thing
comes into being. I am not giving you comfort. This is not something to be
believed or thought about or intellectually examined and accepted, for then you
will make it into another comfort, as you now believe in reincarnation or
continuity in the hereafter, and so on. But the actual fact is that that which
continues has no rebirth, no renewal. Therefore, in dying every day there is
renewal, there is a rebirth. That is immortality. In death there is
immortality, not the death of which you are afraid, but the death of previous
conclusions, memories, experiences, with which you are identified as the ‘me’.
In the dying of the ‘me’ every minute there is eternity, there is immortality,
there is a thing to be experienced -not to be speculated upon or lectured
about, as you do about reincarnation and all that kind of stuff. When you are
no longer afraid, because every minute there is an ending and therefore a
renewal, then you are open to the unknown. Reality is the unknown. Death is
also the unknown. But to call death beautiful, to say how marvelous it is
because we shall continue in the hereafter and all that nonsense, has no
reality. What has reality is seeing death as it is, an ending; an ending in
which there is renewal, a rebirth, not a continuity. For that which continues
decays; and that which has the power to renew itself is eternal. – J.
Krishnamurti, The Book of Life




Big Death is not the heat death
of an entropic cosmos
world destruction or the murder of multitudes
It is the death of me
inalterable total
the exact center of the universe
disappearing right in the middle of my life
becoming pure philosophy
distorted by memory and dreamsthese words
images on paper
paintings on walls
music and love
in space and time
I made them
from starlight and heartbeats
for you to remember
how it could be
if we lived here


Poem: “The Big Death” by Tullio DeSantis

Image: “The Big Death” by Tullio DeSantis, 2011.



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Mind Waves



It can be helpful to imagine the brain as a control circuit in a vast interconnected network of feedback loops and time delays. From the rhythmic regulation of multiple psychophysical processes to myriads of cyclic patterns interconnecting us with other organisms and the environment, our brains are great synchronizers. Most of these patterns are automatic, set in place by genetics and learning, instinctual responses, habits, and memes we picked up along the way. These countless iterative loops have common pathways, representing many aspects of our experience, behavior, and awareness.
By interacting with the brain’s ability to multitask – that is to manage multiple feedback processes between the organism and the environment – it is possible to encourage beneficial patterns and to discourage ones which are less so. Simple exposure to neurofeedback signals affects the state of the brain in measurable ways. As the brain is very good at adjusting itself to respond to external stimuli, using brain-interface technology is a powerful non-invasive way to promote positive behavior and awareness.


Image: The author working on new neurofeedback protocols, 2011


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The Big Now



The wispy
evanescence of space-time, complex dynamic patterns, fluid realities enter our bodies, suffuse our senses, and illuminate our minds. Energy
surging throughout the atmosphere surrounds us with a myriad of waves and
concatenating fields of force.

pulses from the instant of creation warm the swarming intergalactic darkness. Stardust
nebulae slide and fall into vortices of stellar birth. Gravity and nuclear
forces, electromagnetic energies, photosynthetic life forms, muscle, bone, nerve, and
brain evoke powerful invisible potential. Consciousness arises.

happens, initiating patterns, spawning processes, sparking feedback, iterative loops. As events in the world are perceived and
apprehended, they are already changing us – changing our brains. These changes
become our thought and behavior – reflections of the universe, nature, and the experience of
being alive. This life – what we create – is who…and what…we are.


Image: “The Big Birth” by Tullio DeSantis, ink drawing, 2011


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