what is creativity?
the relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration.
Take it from me: memory is your greatest ally and your primary source material, because memory is your body as it was in the world and the world as it was and will be; memory is the people you have loved or wanted to love in the world, and what are we if not bodies filled with reminiscences about all those ghosts in the sunlight?
∆ Hilton Als, “Ghosts In Sunlight,“ The New York Review of Books (10 July 2014)
the body is a house
the mind takes up residence
in and out the door of possibility
momentum stays the same
as an object moves through space
the bushes are full of buzzing of migration
these are the days when fields thicken with ice
I hold daylight in my hands
white drapes, round tables, raised glasses. Bold notes, strong taste, red carpet. Old men, short skirts, faux passes. It’s been a bit over a year since you’ve left and made an appearance. Short but sweet, in my dreams, now I know that we can (maybe) overcome long distance
“[I]t may be wiser to try to create the place you want to live, rather than to keep trying to find it.”
Let’s not forget that one of the things that makes relationships so scary is, we need to be weak in front of other people. And most of us are just experts at being pretty strong. We’ve been doing it for years. We know how to be strong. What we don’t know how to do is to make ourselves safely vulnerable, and so we tend to get very twitchy, preternaturally aggressive, etc., when we’re asked to — when the moment has come to be weak.
“We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit because what was native has been stolen from us…but we can practice being gentle with each other by being gentle with that piece of ourselves that is hardest to hold.”
- Audre Lord
“Vulnerability means intentionally putting yourself in a position that allows yourself to be hurt but for the purpose of gaining something better,”