Introduction

 

 

Dear Friends Here and Elsewhere,

 

 

 

 

 ORAGE PYRAMIDAL By RODICA DRAGHINCESCU

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to present you with Number 7 of LEVURE LITTERAIRE, a multilingual and multicultural publication, headquartered in France, which now has several reading/editorial committees abroad in order to provide better support for our many international authors.  Our readers live in 141 countries.

We are grateful for their support. Welcome to Number 7 with

AT THE HEART OF THE DREAM.

Issue 7 of Levure littéraire invites you into the world of…

 

 

 

 

Dreams and altered states of consciousness and their revelations.

Author Mary Shelley was driven to write the story of  Frankenstein after having dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made.

 

 

    The Nightmare by HENRY FUSELI, 1781

 

 

Sleeping visions and dreams we live by.

 

 

 

 

What matters to you? YOUR hopes and dreams?

 

 

 

 

Personal aspirations in public places…BEFORE I DIE…

LIVE TRENDS ~ TOPIC DREAMS ~ INT’L. ONLINE

 

 

 

 

IF YOUR sleeping dreams or waking mind were scanned,

what stories would they reveal?

Can technology transform a culture? How does it impact and expand ways of seeing and looking at the world?

 

 

  Human Interface Video by SVEN MUENTEL

 

 

 

 

Interactive Design augmenting our sense of reality.

When Dreamers make ideas a reality. A robot that flies like a bird.

 

 

 

 

“I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. “ Quote from the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild.   Dreams  and  Dreamers.  Interconnected souls interwoven in a spectrum of many dimensions where every breath is a note on a scale of immeasurable nuances.

 

 

WHERE AIR GROWS THIN

small girl
in red overalls
high
in a chestnut tree
listening to bird song
and intimate
with bark
look up through branches
to the lacework
of sky
see if
in the great void
where air
grows thin
the woman
of your future
remembers you

Poem by CB Follett from « One Bird Falling. »

 

 

 

 

“…the deaf have an intimacy with silence, it’s there in their dreams…”

 Beethoven (Video –live spoken words by Poet Shane Koyczan).

 

 

 

 

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.” ~  Jack Kerouac

What dreams are YOU driven to make happen?

 

One Filmmaker’s Vision and realization.

By Film Director DEEPA MEHTA

 

 

 

 

“It is a dream come true in many ways. When I first asked Salman for the rights to the film over dinner one night, it was very much an instinctual question that arose out of the moment. Making this film has been a very difficult process at times, but I put everything I could into it. It is a labour of love, work and joy,” says Mehta.

We have the capacity to experience an expanded awareness and witness individual transformations encompassing a fragment of the collective consciousness.

This examination of The Dreamer and at the heart of the dream takes the form of a dialogue among our 160 writers and artists.

 

 

 

 

Video montage 

 

 

“We now know that information from the future regularly filters into our dreams, one could fairly say that these precognitive dreams indicate that the future affects our past. That is, our dream tonight may sometimes be caused by an event which we will experience at a later time…”  An Open Mind ~ Physicist Russell Targ

 

 

 

 

  ANGEL IN A CAR PARK by FRANCK  FRANCK

 

 

A painted tale:  « An angel watching a ghost love passing by and vanished from her dream … » By Franck Franck

 

 

 

 

Ageless dreams that resonate and reverberate through time.

Consider the dream of a child whose heartsongs within moved dreamers alike across the global community.  A child who graced the Earth for 14 years sharing his dreams for YOU. Mattie’s life and virtues, a possible Cause of Canonization.

 

Mattie’s dream – a vision of a peaceful world. (1990 – 2004)

 

 

        MATTIE STEPANEK  Photo: The Muscular Dystrophy Assoc.

 

 

For Our World

We need to stop.

Just stop.

Stop for a moment…

Before anybody

Says or does anything

That may hurt anyone else.

We need to be silent.

Just silent.

Silent for a moment…

Before we forever lose

The blessing of songs

That grow in our hearts.

We need to notice.

Just notice.

Notice for a moment…

Before the future slips away

Into ashes and dust of humility.

Stop, be silent, and notice…

In so many ways, we are the same.

Our differences are unique treasures.

We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts

To nurture, to offer, to accept.

We need to be.

Just be.

Be for a moment…

Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,

Like children and lambs,

Never judging or vengeful

Like the judging and vengeful.

And now, let us pray,

Differently, yet together,

Before there is no earth, no life,

No chance for peace.

September 11, 2001.

Mattie J.T. Stepanek 1990-2004

Child Author of  Journey Through Heartsongs

 

“..live for the happiness and good of our brothers and our sisters.–Our brothers and our sisters they are indeed, though some of them are in distant lands, and beneath other skies, and parted from us by the broad oceans.–These oceans, indeed, do not so much divide the world as they unite it. They make it one. The winds which blow over them, and the currents which move their waters…”

How to do it by Edward Everett Hale, 1822-1909

 

 

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Welcome to issue #7.

 

 ~ Roxanne Brousseau-Félio, M.Ed, OCT.

 

 

 

 

 

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Intended as a ethical and aesthetic ferment, Levure is a space for creative initiatives and thoughts, without financial support, without hegemonic pretences, which favours the quality and originality of the constructive Act of Culture. In these times of economic crisis, and particularly of extreme moral crisis, when Peace, Education and Culture are being marginalized, since it is no longer in fashion to cultivate humanism, Levure  persists in seeking with you the path to a secret bridge, toward a peaceful place conducive to meditation, beyond the barbarity and vulgarity of everyday life. With the intention of remaining in the tradition of the universal spirit of the Enlightenment!

 

A journal of information and education, Levure brings to your computer screens, 4 times a year, out-of-the-ordinary authors (50 to 100 per issue), themes and topics that are dealt with, tackled or exploited less often, agents and actors from the entire sociocultural spectrum (literature, visual arts, music, philosophy, ethnology, journalism, psycholinguistics, etc. – which by presenting countries and traditions, horizons rich in differences and similarities, likenesses, enrich us as they fascinate us. Through its thematic diversity, and through an impressive number of cultural players, Levure offers us and you a choice of many languages, sensibilities, tastes, needs for reading and information.

 

« Does saying that the other is my fellow being mean they are like me? »

 

In the Languages section, with its English title, you will find the source (maternal) languages, as well as the target languages (translations) of our collaborators, other than French, which is considered the basic language of this publication.

 

Levure littéraire no. 7  contains poetry, stories, excerpts from novels, pages from journals, literary essays, book reviews, traditional and philosophical tales, articles on psychoanalysis, painting, drawings, collages, sculpture, theatrical and cinematographic performances, music (jazz, rock, pop, folk, etc.), information related to international cultural events.

 

With the help of all the participants, we try to maintain and stimulate humanist exchange.

 

Our goalreveal new authors, promote knowledge and the success of known authors, and give the perspectives of those who are at odds.

 

Culture helps us to better control and balance our destiny. Let us dare share it with the Others – Authors, those « strangers, » « soul thieves, » who always intrigue us a little… Let us recognize the identity of the Other, with their differences, while respecting their language, their traditions, their work and their culture.

 

Let us take part in the sharing of the innovative and liberating ideas of our cultures. Let us disrupt the manoeuvring of those who orchestrate the final fall of culture and society by maintaining insidiously its degradation for reasons as treacherous as they are Machiavellian and shameful.

 

Let us cultivate friendship! And friendship-love! To feed on culture is to live in harmony in the house of BEING, travel, migrate in artists’ frigates toward those « terra incognita » countries where unexpected Ways & Voices await us, with our hearts in offering.

 

 

Levure littéraire was created especially for all these talented people who have remained anonymous nationally or internationally, without connections, and without real possibilities of accessing fame…

 

Our journal has become multilingual precisely for those countries where the languages and cultures are ignored (forgotten in favour of the law of the offshore nabob and « group think »).

 

Without indulging in politics, we fight against those cultural predators who preach, arms crossed, mouths and pockets full, (the abolition) of culture. We condemn the lack of patronage and the cutting of culture budgets, and we denounce the perversion of the linguistic, human, aesthetic and ethical behaviours of our 21st century.

 

Let us protect art, while practising it with talent and confidence. Let us make art, while defending it with refinement and intelligence. Art has always helped us resist, to evolve with dignity, to love the world, and to believe in a better world. Art does not kill anyone. On the contrary, it elevates humanity. Let us not kill it, please! Let us not make it the subject of wild, sterile speculations and transform it into a mundane commercial product. The international art « business » … is not our art, but ANTIART, the « art » of diverting artists and their cultures from their paths and destinies! We refuse through art the immoral and suicidal laws of the « golden boys »!

 

Being contemporary does not mean adopting any crisis of the moment with its tides and whirlpools, without reflection, without both collective and selective consciousness. You have to belong to your epoch with lucidity, vigilance and perspicacity, while keeping a good distance, with spatial and temporal space, to better curtail troubles in the making. The contemporary does not substitute the present for the past. It seeks what the present contains in its future to come… without ignoring, however, the original foundations.

 

This latest issue of our journal will remain faithful to the positive energy it has shown since the beginning with respect to inventive creation. Quality content, in the face of the aggressiveness and vulgarity of the current world of politics that is monopolizing the stage in the media.

 

 

 

 

Rodica Draghincescu,
Literary director

Proofreading: Michel Bénard,
Editor (section: Visual arts)

Translator: Howard Scott