Flareup of Twosomes
5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Solidly, as a meditation, as psalms, as lament
and praise upon the House of Love,dreamnt, built and storm-whipped,
this web of poems digs within raw character Orpheus and Mr. Lucky
in slow tango as the heart spins on a table under hot lamplight. Not
love poems, but reflection upon reflection of what we suffer lovingly.
Pearlman writes into and out of a language of drama and wry belief.
He engages lyric analysis with turbulent contemplation poem
as source of prayer and grit and flinging the crutch into the sky. At
once tragic and devotional, it remains a comic play for simple renewal.
Why notgo on? Pearlman is the hearts penitente, whose work
weaves the inner salt of need with a sweet leaven of hope redeemed in
the midnight hour.
Bill Pearlmans belief in what one
can call loosely possibility has been my pleasure for years
now. He was a refuge back in the wild times of Placitas and his work
here keeps on being that enduring testament. How does he put it?the
nexus / that startles the alive / to bargain again... It sure
is worth a try.
In Pearlman we can hear the same discourse
that prompted Rilke to ask his own questions
What is this tongue,
this script which all lovers must attempt to speak but can never
fully explain? Is the night filled with stars or a canopy of flares
sent by every souls small request?
Bill Pearlman is an educator, dramatist and
licensed therapist. He has lived in New Mexico for thirty years and
has taught on the faculty of Southwestern College in Santa Fe. Bill
Pearlman has had many years of experience in both expressive therapies
and in the American theater. He has trained extensively in Jungian Psychology,
psychodrama, and family therapy. In the development of archetypal drama
therapy, he has brought together the ideas of C.G. Jung, theater theorist
Peter Brook, and myriad traditional drama therapies. For five years
he worked in community mental health in New Mexico and was on the staff
of the Day Treatment Program at the University of New Mexico Mental
Health Center. For several years he has been developing archetypal drama,
an educational approach to imagination and soul and was the program
director of the graduate level Certificate in Archetypal Drama Therapy
at Ottawa University in Phoenix. In 1992, he presented workshops at
the national ASGPP Psychodrama Conference in New York and the National
Association for Drama Therapy in San Francisco. In 1995 his book, Characters
of the Sacred: The World of Archetypal Drama, was published by Duende
Press, and offers a vibrant and coherent look at soul work. Other published
works include: Surfing Off the Ark; Elegy For Prefontaine;
and Inzorbital: A Novel.