Ella Longpre Introduction
Welcome everyone. I'd like to speak for a moment to the lunar wave-function that has somehow brought us all into this room. I say lunar not because of The Lune but because of the nurturing archetypes and homelike architectures at play among us. Brian and Kate and each of the powerful individuals who work in this space have not simply preserved a living space for poetry and books in Boulder, they have performed it, in the face of realtor malfeasance and all sorts of other nonsense. What I have learned is this: If ever we feel at a loss for space for poetry, we need only say the names of our friends, and poetry cannot help but come rushing into our hearts like a storm-surge. And if you should forget the names of your friends, make some up. Whatever one makes—in thought or in object—is real.
In the manner of introducing the poet who we are here to hear, so to speak, I will share a few lines from War and Peace. Tolstoy writes in section 1 of part 2 of book 4, p.1168:
Man's mind cannot grasp the causes of events in their completeness, but the desire to find those causes is implanted in man's soul. And without considering the multiplicity and complexity of the conditions any one of which taken separately may seem to be the cause, he snatches at the first approximation to a cause that seems to him intelligible and says: “This is the cause!" In historical events (where the actions of men are the subject of observation) the first and most primitive approximation to present itself was the will of the gods and, after that, the will of those who stood in the most prominent position—the heroes of history. But we need only penetrate to the essence of any historic event—which lies in the activity of the general mass of men who take part in it—to be convinced that the will of the historic hero does not control the actions of the mass but is itself continually controlled. It may seem to be a matter of indifference whether we understand the meaning of historical events this way or that; yet there is the same difference between a man who says that the people of the West moved on the East because Napoleon wished it and a man who says that this happened because it had to happen, as there is between those who declared that the earth was stationary and that the planets moved round it and those who admitted that they did not know what upheld the earth, but knew there were laws directing its movement and that of the other planets. There is, and can be, no cause of an historical event except the one cause of all causes. But there are laws directing events, and some of these laws are known to us while we are conscious of others we cannot comprehend. The discovery of these laws is only possible when we have quite abandoned the attempt to find the cause in the will of some one man, just as the discovery of the laws of the motion of the planets was possible only when men abandoned the conception of the fixity of the earth.
Continuous motion. Astrologically, the Moon is associated with our emotional selves because of constant fluctuation, its luminous progressions and regressions. The archetypal Moon is the epitome of nocturnal consciousness, which we call subconscious, allegorical nocturnal, the instinctual darkness to our intellectual light. The Moon is Earth's echo. Earth echoes the Sun. Dare I say: Without the Moon we are living on Mars, a violent wasteland of dust for water.
So when I say Ella's Apocalune, A Separation Cosmology, changed everything about The Lune, I say so because this literary periodical is my personal frame of reference. But what I really mean is that whatever you are doing, Apocalune will show you a new way to look at your life as a feeling being. As the poet Reed Bye has said:
“Somewhere between the spray (weft) and the moon, the sibylline witness Apocalune. Take heed—"
If you are reading, it is poetry; if you are listening, it is prophecy. It is my pleasure to introduce Ella Lonpgre, poet, musician, professor and more.
Many thanks to all of you at the reading last night! And a special thanks to Brian & Kate, without whom none of this would actually happen.