Forever in search of the place that’s a revisit of lost deep and wide, in a book that is. This month we start a series, part book of the moment part Author over-share from someone obsessed with an ideal. It’s a tiny moment in time when you ask yourself how did this exist with out my knowledge. Tell me again? This time it's author Mary Olivers' Upstream. Her most recent “Upstream” a Poetry and essay collection I picked up this past week and devoured in a single setting. Last Tuesday I shared with my writing class if only because .
In the selected essay Of Power and Time, such life lessons in and around the field of creative life unfurl a conversation set for an introspective case study in well worn paths of being true to your inner child for delight is under rated, even for those that have a sense of place in a space of creative endeavor. She captures a spirit of wanting to follow the unknown off into the unfathomable and then finding the unavoidable as all part of the plan. The lesson is better to not know we all sing in unison. Amen. Well, the bigger creative vision is a pep talk for the unexposed among us. It’s this path of not knowing but realizing something will lead us down a creative path if we sign up for the journey.
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” -Mary Oliver.
My recent toe in the water of writing poetry left me feeling in need of a life line of sorts, so another writer friend slipped me a copy of a Mary Oliver Poetry book she scribed in the late 1990’s, A Poetry Handbook. A prose guide to understanding and writing poetry gave fuel for writing.
In a tiny excited burst of poetic love for all things newly forged in understanding prose poems and the lure of hear and now a few Audible books rounded out a hint of where such creative unhinged-ness with the author reading her own work
This certainty of which something aspires to be holds the motion set forth as being the highest best use all round. No neutral space or room for not being ready to endeavor. How does she capture the essence of all of this so succinctly? I’m delighted to have had a brush with the Poetry book penned by Oliver and back drop for a little foray into the genre that meets on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:30, the now small group could benefit from a few more writers, why not try and seek out a spot. Follow the link here.
November will shuffle in creative changes for all, Happy Fall.