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Sunday May 19th 2024

To be puppeteers in the Heart of the Beast”¦

BY STEVEN LINSNER

Poet, writer, performer, painter, musician and videographer; 1952-2005

To be puppeteers in the Heart of the Beast”¦

”¦is to find ourselves in the great world Beast made of families, races, ages, sexes, classes, corporations and nations, people, (and creatures!) all different, working out a way to live together.

”¦is to work puppets. To hold life in our hands, to sense how we are all like puppets””worked by instincts, voices, and forces above us and below us.

”¦is to carry and protect something very old like a heart within us, a secret, a promise. Like carrying a flickering candle through a dark place. Like carrying a family in a horse-drawn wagon.

”¦is to travel the roads of history and loss, in search of something like a new heart: new communities, new families, new work, new holidays.

”¦is to tell the story of people who live in the heart of the beast””as courageous and resourceful as they really are.

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