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Impasse

There is a moment in time
between nothing and something
when something’s gotta give.
It may only be a heartbeat,
or the time it takes
to walk away
from your heart’s desire.
But there comes a point
when the time for talking
has finally passed
and the only thing left
to do is…something.
But what that something is
can only be decided
in that brief moment
of impasse…

 

This poem was inspired by the synopsis of a movie by the same name. The screenplay was written by Jeanne Veillete Bowerman @Jeannevb (you can read about it on her website and it will be directed by Michael Bekemeyer @Bekemeyer.

This movie is a KickStarter project. Please check it out (AND CONTRIBUTE)!! 

When I read the synopsis I was moved to tears. I know that moment of impasse all too well. I knew in that moment that I had to do whatever I could to help Mike and Jeanne get this movie made. I don’t have much spare cash these days, but they don’t need a lot from any one person…they just need a big ‘ole bunch of us to skip a latte or two and help get the word out. So, that’s what I’m doing.

Check it out. If it moves you even a little bit, please consider donating. Even $1 counts. If you have a website or blog or facebook, G+ or twitter account follow these two wonderful, creative individuals and help spread the word.

Thank you.

 

 

This is a cross-post.  The original post is at More Yarn For Me.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in My Essays, My Poems, My Writing

 

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74 Mike Luoma

The Contradictions of Creativity

Creativity comes surrounded by contradiction. Society Loves and Hates creativity; values and cheapens, desires and fears it. Oddly, our western world both encourages and attempts to squash those who dare try to create. Those who share their dreams are praised – but then YOU are told you best not dare to dream YOUR dreams. It’s a cruel test for the artists of the world.

Of course, the creative introvert is him or herself a walking contradiction, driven to creative expression while preferring not to deal with lots of other people. At the extreme lies a Kurt Cobain, driven to show off his creative genius, both loving the affirmation of the applause and hating the fame and all the loss of personal space that came with it. Some found Cobain’s torture unfathomable – how could someone that famous and successful not love it?

But I kind of get it. I’m one of those creative introverts. Not as extreme as Cobain, myself. But as I look back now, I think that’s part of why I chose radio as my career. Talk to and entertain thousands from behind the veil of a microphone, unseen. Probably just a coincidence that the first station I worked for used to lean heavily on a Wizard of Oz theme. Pay no attention to the man behind the mic…

Speaking of wizardry – Creativity is both Magic and Hard Work – and that’s NOT a contradiction. Though the general public may believe those two concepts are mutually exclusive, they’re not. When you create something new, you bring into the world something that has never existed before – that, by many definitions, IS magic. But the only way to do this consistently and effectively is by spending time working at it – the final product seems new, shiny and whole but behind the shine are hours, days and years of elbow grease and simple, grinding creative generation, putting together the pieces.

The magically fresh appearance of the finished work is a contradiction – makes its creation seem effortless. This may be why society devalues creative labor – why should you worry about getting paid for what you can make magically appear, artist?

“I love your new song/book/movie, just downloaded/torrented/copied it! What, you want to get paid for your efforts? Why? That song just came to you, took you three minutes to make ’cause that’s how long it is, right? Writing is just typing, how long did it take you to type that novel/script/work writer?” When the finished work appears perfect, new and whole, the labor “apparently” disappears. Magic?

Still… Creativity is Gold we mine from inside of ourselves, and there’s no reason not to keep digging. Once you begin to tap into a vein of this ore it can lead to a mother lode and unleash all kinds of creative energy! According to Carl Jung, the alchemists of old weren’t simply chemists trying to turn lead into gold, they were proto-psychologists attempting to reconcile the opposites they found inside of themselves. Jung saw this internal work as preceding his own psychological practices. Their “gold” was thus the generative synthesis they created by uniting their own internal opposing forces. Much the same is the fruit of our imaginative labors and their contradictions – the generative synthesis we call Creativity.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Creativity Guest Posts