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.

The Sphinx is one such work of art. Staring at a photo on a computer is not going to cut it. You have to be there in person to feel the impact of the Sphinx  or so I've been told.

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”