Creative Genius and a Few Words from William Stafford

So let’s get back to that topic from a few days ago about where creative genius comes from. I was conflicted a bit by the message in Elizabeth Gilbert’s presentation. I like the idea of the artist going outside of himself a bit, getting away from all of the arrogance and self-absorption to find what…

Going Outside of Ourselves for Genius; Who is the Muse?

“I’m listening to my muse;” or after being complimented for a stroke of genius in her work, a poet has sometimes been known to say something like this, “It just came to me from somewhere; the poem almost wrote itself.”  Are these ideas contradictory to the spirit of this modern age of enlightenment we find ourselves…

“For the Young Who Want To,” a Poem by Marge Piercy

Phlogiston: 1730, “hypothetical inflammatory principle,” formerly believed to exist in all combustible matter, from Mod.L. (1702), from Gk. phlogiston (1610s in this sense), neut. of phlogistos “burnt up, inflammable,” from phlogizein “to set on fire, burn,” from phlox (gen. phlogos ) “flame, blaze” (see bleach). Theory propounded by Stahl (1702), denied by Lavoisier (1775), defended…