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Creative Writing: New Poetry

A New Poem: Coming To

On my back. In the dark. Given up to night. I lie, a fool aground. A suckling. Yearning, turning in want and will, smothering in the urges of the underneath. Up there the spangled stars. The moon one quarter lit and on the wane. Hiding its hollows in its divide. And the black beyond. That dark that shades the darkness. The lacuna. Night pulls me in * Night holds me still. Night holds my wants against my will, until I am upended, and released to rise again. * Oh stars, shining in from forever ago, unfathomable in your million millions (Why…

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The work is continuing in the background, building the Creativist Club for all those who are interested in learning more about how to apply the creative process to everything in life: money, friends, work, home. With the aid of the wonderful Pixbee Design, the Club will launch in September and the first fifty people to register will get free lifetime admission. I’ll be sending an email to subscribers as soon as it’s ready to rock,  so if you’d like to be part of it, sign up here to know when the starting gun has been fired. I also wanted to…

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Love Hurts? No Way

Love hurts, they say. I say, no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Lust festers, envy bites. Loss skewers, rejection spikes. Passion burns, craving seethes. Romance dazzles, lonesome bleeds. Well yes, indeed. But none of the above is love. Love helps, love lights. Love warms, love rights. Love soothes, love feeds. Love calms, love heals. Oh yes, what will heal the sting of pain, and make your life feel good again, (again, again, and yet again), is love. Love hurts, they say. I say no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Poetry Pamphlets (Volume…

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WB Yeats’s Fanatic Heart Was Not For Ireland But For Love

“It was all ‘father, oh father’,” Bob Geldof says, mimicking a pious female voice addressing a priest. Then in his own voice: “Fuck off, you’re not my father.” Geldof is railing against Irish groveling to the Roman Catholic  church in Fanatic Heart, a documentary about the life and work of Ireland’s great poet (and subject of my most recent novel): William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that the poet and  literary statesman brought about revolutionary change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. Instead of guns, his modus operandi was a poetic national vision, betrayed by the Roman Catholic nation-state that emerged after Irish independence. So it was not…

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Reading Two Poems At The Alliance of Independent Authors’s Indie Fringe Fest

Another video, this time reading two poems — “Halo” & “Long Light” — at The Alliance of Independent Authors’s Indie Author Fringe Fest. See below for the text of the poems. HALO My brother, Conor, used them as they should be used, the rings. Hoops of grey rubber to throw at numbered hooks on a board and make the grownups who came to our place   for their daily drink call out. Well done! when one caught on. To me, each one was a thing to Read More

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Setting Creative Intentions For The New Year

Iit’s that time of year when people make their New Year’s resolutions. One wide ranging study found that almost 90% of people break New Year’s resolutions within days or weeks. What’s more significant is that research consistently shows that those who do make resolutions are more successful in creating what they want than those who don’t. Taken together, these statistics add up to a picture of poor creative skills, with the vast majority of people failing to create what they want through resolution. If you’re looking for a better way, you’ll find it in creative intention. So what’s the difference? Among other attributes, creative intention: ACCENTUATES THE…

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Last Week: Go Creative With… Sebastian Faulks Set aside time. Also what’s useful is to have expectations laid on you that you’re going to produce the work. Many people find it extremely difficult to just drive themselves onwards. I don’t know where ideas come from – if I had a clear idea of that, I’d have more of them. I do a lot of hiking, and the rhythm of walking is very amenable to the rhythm of thinking, and that’s a good way of letting ideas begin to take on a bit of life. They just pop out of nowhere…

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Go Creative With… Sebastian Faulks

Last Week: Go Creative With… PL Travers Life is all luck, isn’t it? In the period of composition you have to be exceptionally open. Anything might feed in. The knack is knowing the difference between a disposable thought and a robust idea. You have to live in a rather vulnerable, open state, while at the same time making hard decisions. You are a like a valve that switches between active and passive all the time. This is what takes it out of you a bit. Next Week: Go Creative With… Ian McEwan

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Go Creative With… PL Travers

Last Week: Go Creative With… Patti Smith Ten Thoughts on creating from Pamela Travers, author of Mary Poppins. The Unknown — our beautiful Anglo-Saxon word, intimate, reverberant, profound, not so much to be understood as stood under while it rains upon us — that is something I could live with and, indeed, have revered, cherished, and tried to serve for many a year and day. Call it the Unknown and one can conceive of the creative process as being a next door neighbor to it. C.S Lewis, in a letter to a friend, says, “There is only one Creator and we…

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Go Creative With… Charles Dickens

Last Week: Go Creative With… Teddy Roosevelt The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.   Next Week: Go Creative With… Patti Smith

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