Get Real by Bryan Sentes

Poem title: Get Real Poet: Bryan Sentes Poem: A neurobiologist, a theoretical and a computational physicist, an anaesthesiologist, and Deepak Chopra walk into a lecture hall to discuss The Nature of Reality. Better to have staged a dramatic recitation of Plato’s Sophist, the Tao te Ching, or The Divine Comedy; even better if nobody knew Greek, Chinese, or Italian. Better to’ve performed Schubert’s last sonata in B flat or had Ahad Master improvise, had everyone enter an anechoic chamber to hear their blood circulate and nerves hum, Gone to The National Gallery of Canada and gazed on Barnett Newman’s Voice of Fire, Had everyone guided through a sequence of novice yoga moves or instructed how just to sit and fix the wandering mind on the breath swelling their bellies, Fast forty days and forty nights, take a heroic dose of Psilocybe Cubensis (with due care to set and setting), cry for a vision, or participate in a potlatch, Consider the view of the proverbial fly on the wall, the air in the room. End of Poem. Credits: first appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, Volume 42, April 2017. Bryan Sentes was born (1964) and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he studied philosophy before moving to Montreal to study English literature and creative writing, where he presently resides. He is the recipient of a Canada Council Explorations Grant, multiple Individual Assistance Grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, a Villa Waldberta Writers Residency Stipend, and was short listed for the 2019 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition. He has worked as an associate editor of Windscript and the administrative assistant Grain. His poems have appeared in print and online in periodicals in Canada, Germany, and Hungary. He is the author of a baker’s dozen of chapbooks, the full-length collections Grand Gnostic Central (DC Books, 1998), Ladonian Magnitudes (DC Books, 2006), and March End Prill (Book*hug, 2011), and, in collaboration with artist Juan L. Gomez-Perales and critic Lynn Millette, The Hunger of the Starlings (2004). The chapbook As on a holiday will appear this spring from Cactus Press. Translations (with Antoine Malette) from Louis Riel’s Massinahican are forthcoming in Rothenberg’s and Taboada’s hemispheric anthology of the Americas (from origins to present) due out from the University of California Press.