June 21, 2014
How would you define poetry if asked to do so? Perhaps you will think of terms like “intellectual” or “academic”, “artificial” or perhaps even “phony”, “beautiful” or “simple”, “complex” or “deep”, and diverse other adjectives. Perhaps you will think of forms such as the sonnet, sestina, free verse, blank verse, and a whole list of others. Perhaps you will think of poets, selecting from thousands of names ranging from Homer and Virgil to moderns like Canada’s Layton and Cohen.
Whichever way you choose to come at a definition of poetry–whether through the theme, author, form or feeling–I believe that each person in this country will have a substantially different definition than the others.
May 21, 2014
There’s a lot to be said for collaborating with other artists to create joint projects. When a collaboration works well, each artist brings to the project something the other partners may not and the project benefits by becoming fuller and richer. Like the amalgum that binds concrete together, turning sand and gravel into something solid and permanent, this amalgum of artists’ ideas and skills brings any arts project strength and durability. For each artist, there’s an added bonus. The project becomes something very special that none of the participants could have created on his or her own and, in the process, each grows and diversifies as an artist.