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WAYFINDING by M. R. O'Connor

by The Bushwick Book Club

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Your hippocampus is exuberant. I see alleles a mile away. Pattern of proteins expressing as an impulse to explore called DRD4 Thank goodness for your curiosity, and the risk in your DNA. You may not know where you’re going, but you’ll know every inch of the way. You turn me into terrain. Every A to B, as you memorize me is a story on your one way migration. Tell them again, and again and again Every detail needed for navigation. Some will pass through and never look at you or only see what they want to. But the alleles are real. Time and attention reveal just how to know yourself in this unknowing. And you’re never lost. Call it a dance, Call a game, an exchange as you find your way. There’s time and it takes as long as it takes the time will change you. You’re never the same. Took Marco Polo almost a decade to get to China. Your alleles are real. I can feel your tolerance novel stress. Unconscious dead reckoning may take care of the rest. What you don’t know is good for you. Makes you pay attention All the way through, autonoetically you, and your hippocampus that I think I mentioned is exuberant…… You're never lost.. Everywhere is home.
Meta Incognita Set off to find the Last Kings of Thule With your Hemishpherium But you never really do He heard of them from visiting whalers Sailed to find the Inuit From the Isle of Baffin the shaman sailed With 38 souls to continuing He gave them all a bird's-eye view Setting out for unknown shores Found a way to feel the moon To find a way back home We tell the tale again until We see ourselves in stars and snow Blowing hard or standing still Being watchful as we go Landmarks link to form a story The story forms your very mind Navigate your territory Free you from your purgatory It's The Dreaming, the Everywhen It's in the past and has no end And if you're lost, feel the moon above Meta Incognita As childhood navigation defeats amnesia As the world moves backward past you and your boat All the names and places in sequence And so you must be watchful as you go Your life is like a trail and the trail is home Found a way to feel the moon To find a way back home


released November 13, 2019


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The Bushwick Book Club Brooklyn, New York

We started in January 2009 playing songs written in response to Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. We haven't stopped since. We've written & performed songs inspired by everything from "On The Origin of Species" to Dr. Seuss to Raymond Carver. There are BBCs popping up nationwide now. Bushwick Book Club Seattle started in 2010 & is run by Geoff Larson. Our nerdy dare-devilry knows no bounds. ... more


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