Today’s exercise is about going out to gather thoughts and ideas that will inspire our writing.
My favorite day of the DWP Summer Institute was the day we visited the Denver Art Museum. We spent the morning observing artwork and writing. I found it to be an excellent writing exercise — one I intend to keep practicing as much as possible. Visiting museums and such is a great way to “feed the muse,” as Ray Bradbury used to say. The important thing to remember is to write down your thoughts then and there or as soon as possible.
Here’s some of the stuff I wrote during my visit to the Denver Art Museum:
What are we searching for when we contemplate a river?
How do we get lost in a world so small?
How do we get found in a world so crowded?
-After looking at “Nocturne Fifty” by Keith Hale (a painting of the night sky over a city’s skyline):
If it were not for the velvety darkness, we would not appreciate the jeweled stars.
-After looking at a series of photographs of young women:
I want to see photographs that showcase the beauty of age, of mottled skin and wrinkles, of a life lived—photographs that evoke transcendence.
I study the faces in paintings and see questions. I realize that those questions reflect my own.
Details reveal the essence of things.
3- A poem:
Inspired by the painting “Release Your Plans” by Daniel Sprick:
release your plans
from the ligatures of life
the miniature tree
the white sheets
the heavy curtains
the final grin
capture your dreams
before they float away
the rose and the dish
the soap bubble
the motes of dust
collect the broken pieces
and treasure each bit
eggshell, glass, bone
put your glasses on
and see what I mean
Last week I visited the DaVinci Machines Exhibition at the Denver’s 16th Street Mall, and yesterday I went to the Denver Botanic Gardens. I took photographs and jotted down thoughts.
I ended up writing two haiku, each about a significant moment at one of these places:
A violin boy
casts a spell on the street mall.
Who’ll catch the magic?
The noon sun ignites
the colors of the lily.
The petals blind me.
The point is: Leave the house, visit an intellectually stimulating place, and “feed your muse.” 🙂
I’ll post again on Monday. Have a nice weekend!