Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Hari Alluri: Gifts from the Journey

Hari Alluri, Pasalubong: Gifts from the Journey
National Film Board of Canada

Precedence: asked,
who are those who come before
he tells me first of she who walks beside

Each one a world rich tapestry to come

Hari Alluri/emergent/all films

Embodied intelligence + musically well-spoken
Hari's filmic + poetic explorations/cross-
fertilizations/best experienced/in the presence of


Hari Malagayo Alluri:

 “eyes beat heart wide…”

raven city

rain follows snow follows shine hollows
clouds hollow graves into roots hollow
cracks into tar fallow talk hollows
dreams nightly migrating birds hallow
sky copper indigo follow trickster heart

conjure lion’s roar from spitting cobra’s belly

one language
used to hack
all the others
from my body
this pentongue
my balisong now

body body

eyes beat heart wide
n sine co-patience

blink rare breath laugh
un sin go pay shun

deep shared step speak open tongued rhythms

story tell in the pattern of a mischief
round each other’s oldest voices caress



abi bellybuttons shoot
memory glances 

The poet explains several special words:

abi  -  Nigerian pidgin, from Yoruba; final interrogative particle on a yes/no question
balisong  -  a.k.a. balisong batangas, butterfly knife, fan knife or veinte y nueve; a swing-bladed folding pocketknife used in Filipino martial arts and for self-defence.
jai  -  I use  jai in the sense of “Long live” (Hindi).  It can also be translated as “Up with,” “Hail” or “Victory”. Often it’s a part of call and response chants.
Hari Malagayo Alluri is a poet, activist, facilitator and filmmaker....  He [was seen] at Surrey Muse on July 27th.  (Source: Zocalo Poets)


Hari Alluri
descendant. brown. migrant. storyteller: of Pangasinan and Telugu ancestry, Hari immigrated to South Vancouver, Musqueam Territory at age 12. He loves movement and co-creation.
(Source/read more: Generations)

Uploaded by on Jun 15, 2009
Impromptu poetry delivery of Hari at the opening night celebration of the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival held at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum at the University of Oregon Campus. Held April 17, 2009. This is Hari's beautiful tribute to mothers. (source)

More about Hari Alluri on Surrey Muse:
Hari is a Vancouver-based Filipino South Asian filmmaker and poet who was born in Ogbomosho, Nigeria.

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