Yesterday I went to Tampa, FL to see the Universoul Circus in the company of writer Nancy Barber. Nancy knows a good deal about the circus and she’s a devoted fan of Universoul, which you may guess from its name is an all Black circus. There we were, under the Big Top, sitting in the disability seats just twenty feet from the edge of the ring. (I actually got hit with elephant snot, yes, a first in this go around at life….)
Universoul is the Hi-Hop Big Top and if you ever get a chance to see it you must instantly phone in sick at the Widget Company and grab your friends and lots of kids and go.
I did get up and leave when they had the tiger act. We were sitting only a few feet away and my guide dog Nira stuck her head up and began sniffing wildly. Then a near tiger farted, a thing that caused Nira to to feel deeply commissioned as we say in academia. Sensing that we could become a disagreeable headline man and dog went outside the tent for a little while.
I must now head to my works and days and cannot hold forth about the wonders of this altogether marvelous circus but I will say that the Universoul Circus brings humane and human values back to the Big Top and it’s a jiggy show!