Recently I've been working on developing and refining my creative practice for writing performance poems. To help determine some of the most helpful practices, lately I've been speaking with other performance poets about their creative processes. When I write performance poems, I compose them on the page as I would do with composing a print poem. I … Continue reading Performance Poetry: To Write or Not to Write?
As I begin writing creatively again after a dry spell, I’ve been thinking a lot about how one creative spark, one subject, chooses which medium to be communicated in. By this I mean: when I start writing, when and how do I know in which format the piece will emerge? Will it be best conveyed through a “page” … Continue reading How an inspiration chooses its medium
The other day I watched an excellent TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love (link here). I’ve never read the book or seen the movie, but Gilbert’s theories about art-making and responsibility have been sitting with me. Her argument is that today we place too much pressure on artists by assuming that … Continue reading The Creative Impulse: External or Internal?
A couple weeks ago, in the first seminar discussion for the Constructions of Scotland class I’m auditing at Strathclyde, we were introducing ourselves and the professor (Dr. David Goldie) said he’d heard I was a Scottish poet. “Well,” I fumbled, flattered but confused, “I do write poems and I’m in Scotland…” He replied, laughing, “There … Continue reading On Being a Scottish Poet – or am I?