I've tried to experience the detail in life this weekend. The fingers, leaves, crinkled bark on trees, branches, blades, raindrops, damp concrete, overcast sky, the burr in Madison's hair, the silver hair in Silas's fur. I've tried to see things from a different perspective, shadows, reflections. or different views.
Yesterday, my massage therapist worked on me and I tried my best to surrender stress to the touch and pressure points. In reality I have a back and a neck condition that manifests in chronic pain. Within an hour's time, I was the same person that walked in the door of the Chiropractic Office, but I sure didn't feel like the same person.
All of our senses play a role in art. Sight, sound, taste, feel, are as much a part of art as they are of everyday life. Sometimes life gives us patters or repetitions. Sometimes it mixes everything up and we get potpourri.
There are many ways to look at what constitutes life. Being a poet, an artist of any kind requires us to live a life observed. To touch, taste, smell, see, as much as we can on a daily basis. Many ordinary people can only think of dead poets. They don't really know many poets who are alive. But I tell you, even the dead poets at one time lived lives very much in their "present" or as we say, "in the moment". That's what being a poet requires.
So today I randomly selected a Poet Tarot Card so as to attempt to re-center myself. It's August and the start of the third quarter of the year. I drew the Anne Sexton card and so I will begin my balancing act by channeling Sexton.
Sexton is calling me to give birth to new projects. Clearly I need more work to send out so this seems reasonable.
Sexton, with her penchant for "confessional poetry" seems to be giving me a nudge to look deeper inside as I write. Use her raw honesty as an example to step away from areas of comfort and ease and move ahead into new areas that I previously have held back from. Do not be overtaken by embarrassment or concern for what others might think. Keep mindful that writing safely is writing like most other writers, but be willing to write in such a way that I distinguish myself from the ordinary. Ordinary writing is boring.
Sexton was helped from numerous writers in her day that took an interest in her. She later taught in spite of the fact she was not educated as a teacher. In that same spirit be willing to accept help from others and be willing to be supportive and nurturing of others as well.
This writer is no fan of heat. I've pretty much had it today with this
challenge to a comfort zone. I cranked out a draft poem tonight inspired (i guess you could say) by another day of discomfort.
Tomorrow, I'm planning a vacation day from work and will plan to use the day primarily for reading and writing.
Summer is rarely a time I go any distance on vacation anymore. We don't belong to a pool so summer is not something I generally get real excited about except for baseball. I do like the green grass and summer breezes and blue skies, but we mostly deal with a combination of heat and humidity. Nothing that I am going to brag about.
Michael Allyn Wells - notes & musings