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  • “What you have to realize when you write poetry, or if you love poetry,
    is that poetry is just naturally the greatest god damn thing that ever
    was in the whole universe”
    ― James Dickey

    Write a poem a day? Is this possible? Absolutely.

    It is not only possible, but an excellent discipline, and one which usually produces astonishing results and insights.

    I have engaged in this practice, and is a Practice, off and on over the years, and was prompted this morning to resume what has always been horizon-expanding, invigorating and extremely productive for me.

    The prompt? A friend who publishes New Paradigm Digest posted an item on an extremely successful lady named Samantha Reynolds, who runs a multi-million dollar company, and also a website called “Poem A Day.”

    This comes at a perfect time for me, as I am ready to re-engage in daily writing with Cowbird in mind. But more than just doing a daily poem/writing with the hope that I may find some Cowbird treasures… A daily poem just for my soul, and to spend more time with my Muse.

    I have joined Samantha’s mailing list for her Poem a Day, and look forward to these daily reminders that this is something important to do. The website, if you want to know more, is:

    ( I am hoping that one of these days I will figure out how to do HTML links, but for now, this will have to do.)

    I find Samantha’s poem for today especially relevant to what we all deal with in this adventure of writing.

    Here it is! Have fun! Onward!

    April 9, 2012

    Don’t Mistake Creativity for Magic

    Don’t mistake creativity for magic
    or the effluent of a big brain
    it is not delicate or nimble
    it is a show of nerve
    they say if you run into a cougar
    look him in the eyes
    raise your arms over your head so you look big
    and face him the whole time
    you retreat
    it’s like this with art
    the beast is not your inner critic
    it’s your weariness
    it takes muscle to pin down the right word
    and stamina to wait
    for the flow
    you will feel impatience stalk you
    aching to collapse the tension
    be done with it
    but your creativity needs a hero
    so stare down the apathy
    there is originality inside you
    slowly gaining steam.
    Samantha Reynolds

    (Photograph by Alex in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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