Travelling Adventures of the Mind
There are no travelling adventures in my future. But while I stick at home – friends are preparing to go to India and beyond – and one is already on a year long trip around the world. This is when the imagination must kick in, so that I too can have a taste of other worlds.
I was editing an art book this weekend, and many of the photos that will be included in the book are thought to be some of the most sacred works of art in the world – they are said to contain hidden knowledge for anyone who is open and ready to receive it.
People have been known to weep in front of great art – like Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. The Chartres Cathedral is another work of art that I've been told I have to see before I die.
Exactly when do my travel adventures begin? Perhaps a poetry book inspired by great works of art might be my next project. There's even a name for such poems: ekphrasis. I would of course need funding to go and see these works of art for myself. One can dream.
For now, I have web images to inspire me. So far my attempts at ekphrasis poems haven't been fruitful – but have proven to be enjoyable writing exercises all the same.
I've been interested lately in getting together with various poets and fiction writers to exchange about our process and generally support each other in our endeavours – a very gratifying undertaking. You’re exposed to new ideas, new work and it’s inspiring, not to mention fun. You stumble upon poets from the past too...as each writer has their favourites and is bound to tell you about them.
Here’s a lovely find: W.H. Auden reads “The More Loving One”…