On Creativity

Ohad Meromi midnighteast.com

Ohad Meromi      midnighteast.com

The technical genius sees himself as the artist
while the artist sees herself as the technician

The creative spirit poses a curious conundrum
constructed as it is of imagination & discipline

The dreamer within us counts creativity as joy
the perfectionist worries herself to her death

He helped put an orchestra on every one’s desk
She slid the silver dagger in inadequacy’s heart

The silent do not sing for fear they lack talent
while technicians teach for the lack of a muse

“I have no fancy idea about poetry.
It’s not like embroidery or painting or silk.
It doesn’t come to you on the wings of a dove.
It’s something you have to work hard at.”
~ Louise Bogan, poetry critic of The New Yorker


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to On Creativity

  1. masterful juxtapositions

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  2. The conundrum just may be what keeps us balanced.

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  3. Maureen says:

    but don’t really agree with that quote. The best poetry is often spontaneous, and I don’t consider reading lots of poetry ‘working hard’… Just a thought


    • I agree with you: much of what passes as poetry is little more than ‘flow of consciousness’ writing, just as much of what passes as ‘preaching’ in today’s pulpits is little more than a ‘positive thinking’ moral illustrated by three anecdotes . . . But for the poet who is an ‘artist’ the fabric woven by her words is like a fine tapestry . . . I appreciate the interaction, Maureen . . .

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