Thoughts on the Creative Process

“How much better it seems now than when it is finally done.”

– Dana Gioia

What do you think?

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What Does Beat Mean?

A publisher recently asked me what I meant by “beat.”

The word beat comes from “beat” as in music.  The beat poets often performed in conjunction with instruments.  “Beat” also means defeated and “beat” as in beatify means to make blessed. What do you think beat poetry means?

 

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The Third War Was for the Words

“The third war was for the words: written, spoken, whispered.” Holly Karapetkova

I wonder how often we fight over words.  Politicians and lawyers argue over the words used in laws that will determine inhibitions to our behaviour.   And what of the privileged language?  The one that is used, say English, over others, where not everyone speaks the privileged language.  And what about dialects within that privileged language.  The British caste system of upper middle class dialect versus cockney.

What do you think about the war of words?

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