|Reflections on Literature, Life and the Imagination|
Jul. 13th, 2006 @ 08:02 am
Showcase Presentation on LiveJournal over.... and a great success... there was much interest in the way university students are using LJ so creatively. It was wonderful to have so many fantastic journal entries at hand to show the level of creativity and interactivity that is going on back home. Thanks a million to all of you! Tonight the Conference is taking us down to the "Chicago Street Fair"... should be fun although I am pretty exhausted as we speak... keep well... see you "Guys" next week....
Hi Michael. I've just finished reading God's fool. Amazing. You were a mental nurse. Astounding. The book is filled with powerful epiphanies. I hope we can study the book and the intense work of Francis Webb. I just recently wrote 3 poems in response to 'Gods Fool.' It had an impact. I found that when Francis Webb was placed into mental institutions and you commented on such, the book took on an unrivaled intensity. Like you could see and feel him. I'm totally intrigued by the world of the mentally infirm. There is something they have that goes beyond the sublime. A great poet in a mental institution. It doesn't get any more powerful than that! What's interesting though is that I read 'Gods Fool' straight after writing 'The Ghost Train.' Which is about a psychiatrist conversing with the mentally infirm. That blew me away. Interesting synchronicity.
See ya. Marc.
|Date:||July 13th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)|| |
That's quite amazing Marc.... glad you enjoyed the book: I am still pretty deeply connected to what lies at the heart of my explorations of What Webb was on about. His search - in spight of his conditions- was for the "bedrock of his reality" using the "tender voyaging line of truth" of his own art as a guide.... look forward to talking some more about this... we will look at a few of Webb's poems this semester
I was just talking to a friend today, how when there is a shift in consciousness in the mind/brain a new reality is created. Sometimes when people develop mental infirmities or are born with mental infirmities, they radiate an intense vibration of energy which intensifies their creativity. Many of the German Expressionists: Kirchner, Heckel, Klee are such.
Sometimes I wonder whether these great creatives purposefully bring about an infirm mind to find the "tender voyaging line of truth." (Professor Michael Griffith).
Mental infirmity can be a gift, if you have the right people to take care of you. You would know, you were a mental nurse. Talk to us about this. I love this area. Many say that Picasso started developing schizophrenia in old age. Thank God. His most powerful work was created in this period. He was free creatively. My cultural productions teacher last year Luke Bartlett told me that people who are mad make the greatest artists. He's a psychology teacher at Sydney University. Madness is beauty. But then again like Ross Keating said to me in an education class when I was talking to him about Van Gogh, and how wonderful it is that he has such a temperament. "What is mad?"
Anyway, i've rambled on enough. Check out my LJ now. Tims girlfriend came down to the library today and helped me get the short storys and commentaries aligned by going to customize and having a new cover placed. I've also fixed up all my poetry now: with commas, semi-colons, colons and fullstops. I'm going to be varying the sizes of my visual works to keep that aspect interesting. I'm absolutely overwhelmed with joy as to how it looks now. It's this journal that is going to keep my creative life alive after I finish uni and start teaching. Finally after 40 years of life I have something where all that I have created,is together for everyone to see. That means more to mean than gold. Thank you.
See ya Monday. Marc.
Looking forward to hearing more about your trip (says the travel addict). Have you managed to take any photos? If so, are you going to post them?
|Date:||July 13th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)|| |
Hi Anissa... yes I have taken hundreds and will be posting the best when I get round to them... this is quite an amazing city; its architecture is an amazing mix of late 19thC and Art Deco... and they have a state of the art park with kinetic statues....
Maybe I should write off Chicago as a possible city to visit. The only city in the US I am remotely interested in is New Orleans but I love architecture, especially art deco, so I might have to check it out one day!
I meant should not write it off
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