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Audio: The Feeling

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Last month, I posted about that feeling you have when ideas aren't even ideas yet but you can sense their almost arrival. As the founding editor of an audio-only magazine (currently taking submissions, by the way), I thought I should put my money where my mouth is and record the audio of that piece

April 22, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

Audio Creativity The Drum The Writing Life

Multimedia Poetry Course at GrubStreet

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During the fall term I had the opportunity to teach Multimedia Poetry, the first multi-week course of its kind to be offered at GrubStreet. In this six-week class we explored and experimented with multimedia poetry—poetry combined with video, still images, audio, typography, animation, movement, live performance, and other content forms. Each week we viewed and discussed example works—many from Moving Poems, as well as other sources—paying close attention to author-made multimedia projects (as opposed to collaborations). We then brainstormed and began drafting or adapting our own poems for the week’s project assignment. Students were encouraged to experiment with whatever tech ...

March 3, 2015 | Holly Thompson

Creativity Inspiration

On Shoveling: A Modest Proposal*

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Studies have shown that the abstracted mind is an agile and creative mind. Scientists have found that when we distract ourselves from our work, we arrive at solutions and inspiration. The way to creativity, their experimentations suggest, lies through tasks that take us momentarily from our work and allow our minds to wander.

We might conclude, then, that New Englanders are poised to claim the title of Most Creative of Americans by virtue of the time they have been required of late to spend away from their jobs and family and recreations in order to shovel snow

February 25, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

Amusements Creativity The Drum The Writing Life

Brain Storms

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A poet, wrote Randall Jarrell, is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.

 

Maybe it’s just the season that’s upon us but to me the creative process feels a lot less like standing in thunderstorms waiting for lightning than trudging through snow, desperately trying to clear a path.

February 12, 2015 | Ben Berman

Amusements Creativity Writing While Parenting