Introduction To Poetry
I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.
by Billy Collins
“The doll is symbolic homunculi, little life.
It is the symbol of what lies buried in humans that is numinous.
It is a small and glowing facsimile of the original Self.
Superficially, it is just a doll.
it represents a little piece of soul that carries
all the knowledge of the larger soul-Self.
In the doll is the voice, in diminutive, of old La Que Sabe, The One Who Knows...
the psyche works even when we sleep,
most especially when we sleep,
even when we are not fully conscious of what we are enacting.
In this way the doll represents the inner spirit of us as women;
the voice of inner reason, inner knowing,
and inner consciousness"
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
During a recent stay in Whanganui, NZ,
I spent a magical few hours in a studio called Two Sisters Make.
Artist Leigh Anderton-Hall is approachable, knowledgeable,
and most of all,
LOVES exploring ideas,
LOVES sharing her passion and enabling others.
I came away bubbling over with enthusiasm and ideas.
Passion to create was re-ignited.
Thank you, Leigh.
We seem to have forgotten our capacity for surprise
and magical engagement.
We legislate against creative play
and wonder-filled interaction with our environment
We over-schedule ours days so their is no time
and reclaiming and re-creating our mythology
and simply having fun!
Thank goodness for forgotten giants
and their creators
and their far-sighted patrons.
I am a doll-maker; a doll interpreter; a doll activist, perhaps, using this medium to reflect on the human condition.