May 31 / 17
Summer – Poem by Louise Gluck
Remember the days of our first happiness,
how strong we were, how dazed by passion,
lying all day, then all night in the narrow bed,
sleeping there, eating there too: it was summer,
it seemed everything had ripened
at once. And so hot we lay completely uncovered.
Sometimes the wind rose; a willow brushed the window.
But we were lost in a way, didn’t you feel that?
The bed was like a raft; I felt us drifting
far from our natures, toward a place where we’d discover nothing.
First the sun, then the moon, in fragments,
stone through the willow.
Things anyone could see.
Then the circles closed. Slowly the nights grew cool;
the pendant leaves of the willow
yellowed and fell. And in each of us began
a deep isolation, though we never spoke of this,
of the absence of regret.
We were artists again, my husband.
We could resume the journey.
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May 30 / 17
There comes a time for every creative person…artist, writer, musician, or photographer, when our creative train makes an unexpected stop. For a writer, people call it writer’s block, an artist, I guess it’s artist’s block. Whatever it’s called, you reach a point where you’re just plain stuck.
This is where it’s time to do a creative revival. How do you do that? Well, there are many things you can do. I can tell you how I managed to revive mine.
Take a trip to a museum, a concert, art or music festival. This helps your brain to take in all the creativity that other people put out. You get inspired by how that artist created that piece of work, the story behind it, and why they created it. Musicians get inspired to write that great song. Going to a movie also revs up some creative juices. It takes a creative village to put a great film out there. A good trilogy always gives inspiration to some great ideas, right?
A weekend trip also clears and revives your head. Your brain needs a breather from all the day-to-day stuff that our brains deal with 24/7, all year long. Just to clear out the stress and anxiety. Not only that, but you’ll also feel more relaxed and more in tune with yourself.
Creative disruption is another good way to revive. I always find that rearranging your workspace or just cleaning your house is a good way to reevaluate your creativity. You may just find a short story you thought you threw away, the one you thought was a waste of time writing? Maybe it needs something different, something new. Or what about that sketch in between some books you found? Something good can come out that, right?
Like I said, there are many things you can do to get out of that artist or writer’s block. Trying new things like a class, workshop, even networking, the list goes on and on. Once that happens, then you’re ready to pick up where you left off.
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