“What Happens in a Hafiz poem” features less than two minutes of an impromptu conversation with professor Dr. James Morris, who shows us how the construction of a Hafiz poem facilitates an important journey for the human ego.
This particular piece seems fitting to send out during Ramadan. Immersion in days of fasting without food or water is definitely a taxing journey for the ego: we’re hungry for so many things all day long. My intermittent days of fasting this month showed me I can relax into this grumbling of belly and of mind. On occasion I’ve learned it’s possible to relax into a sense, an actual physical sense, of being filled with Something beyond food or water. And then the rumbles start again!
Dr. Morris tells us that the poem is there to help the ego out a bit. My creative task with this particular piece was to try and fully bring out this idea through some illustrative graphics. These are intended to be playful, bits of eye candy that help us see what Morris calls the ‘constant shifting of perspective that happens in a Hafiz poem.‘ Thanks to Raquel Salvatella de Prada for these contributions!
It’s almost back to school time isn’t it?
I’m grateful to the teachers that emerge, in or out of class, and provide such dedicated service. Dr. Morris, professor of Theology at Boston College, uses movies, pop music and poems in his teachings about religion and spirituality so I hope he doesn’t mind co-starring with the ego in this little film. I’m deeply grateful to Dr. Morris for the time he took to meet a stranger and agree to be videotaped during a tight lecture and travel schedule. I’m also grateful to Raquel who teaches in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. Neither of them really had any time to work with me, but did. True teachers at heart.