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Kali Yuga Blues*

by Matt Panfil


Kali Yuga blues burn brightest in the midnight hour

Teeming dark with mortal woe and terror

Rumors seeding troubled minds haunted

By nightmare epileptic visions flashing undaunted


We’ve all been weaned on TV’s neon nipple


Poisoning the blood in highway veins

Seeping electric coded knowledge


Nourishing cerebrums soaked in overwhelming

Gobs of information

Processing the stream of psychic data


We are overloaded

Immersed in toxic stimulation


Minds are all but burnt out husks of tissue

Flashing dully in the Skullhouse

Driving men to boredom blind to



Oh beautiful forgotten world!

Science and the law of man

Does such disgrace to mystery and magic

Blind eyes turned callously

From beauty

Permeating all


*Kali Yuga (“the age of the male demon Kali,” or “age of vice,”) is the last of the four stages that the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas described in the Indian scriptures. Hindus believe that human civilization degenerates spiritually during the Kali Yuga,which is referred to as the Dark Age because in it people are as far removed as possible from God. Most interpreters of Hindu scriptures believe that earth is currently in Kali Yuga.

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Matt Panfil is a poet and experimental filmmaker from Indianapolis, IN. He considers poetry and film to be powerful forces of communication, through which he seeks to visually transport his audience to what Aldous Huxley dubbed “the mind’s antipodes”: subconscious realms of bliss and emotional states of pure awareness. He loves poetry’s unique magic, believing in its strange transporting power due to “lingual transformation of rhythm and syntax, or otherworldly diction through which primordial sensory data can be transmitted to the viewer.” The communicative goal of his poem videos, which combine music, language and imagery, is to over-stimulate the viewer, thereby inducing a psychedelic experience,  a sensory overload resulting in a newborn relationship between subject and observer.

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