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Gail Sheehy

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.

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Creativity Can't Make Up For Depression

Creativity cannot make up for depression
which it attempts to cure,
it can’t replace it with the kind of supersession
that made spurious lure
of Christianity when it induced some Jews
to make up for their loss
of their identity, condemned, they thought, to lose
unless they chose the cross.
No, creativity provides a transient high,
and then becomes a wraith,
for those who’re so depressed they find they cannot fly,
because they’ve lost their faith
in their ability to reproduce success,
which if it is not con-
stantly repeated is a letter whose address
appears to be, “Dear John.”

Inspired by an article (“In Praise of the Crack-U: A novelist peers through darkness to find glittering gems in writing and art”) , by the South African-born novelist Jeanette Winterson, lesbian lover of Julian Barnes’s widow, Pat Kavanagh, in the October 17,2009 WSJ (A report about her lesbian relations includes the information: Blessed with good looks that led many to compare her to Katharine Hepburn, she secured a nonspeaking part in Under Milk Wood. “I never got paid, but I did get to snog Richard Burton, ” she said) . Winterson writes:
The stories are well known; Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear and went mad. Sylvia Plath gassed herself. Anne Sexton committed suicide. Emily Dickinson was manic-depressive. Virginia Woolf worked through alternating bouts of madness and depression for most of her life. The mad, bad and dangerous wild boys of high art and popular culture make great copy—whether it's Caravaggio on the run for murder after one of his rages, or Allen Ginsberg, naked and drunk, howling through Manhattan. The women—Plath, Frida Kahlo, Maria Callas, Janis Joplin—imploding like dark stars, are the stuff of obsession…. Longing is painful. Every work of art is an attempt to bring into being the object of loss. The pictures, the music, the poems and the performances are an intense engagement with loss. While one is in the act of making, one is not in loss, and one has meaning. The fierce crashes that happen to many creative people when a piece of work is done (read Hemingway on this) come out of the sense that however good the work, it has not answered the loss. The strange thing about creative work is that it can have enormous value for others while its maker is left ravaged. The ancient Greeks understood this as the price of an encounter with a god—the divine forces enter the human and use him or her as an instrument, only to be ultimately destroyed. But I do not believe that creativity is destructive or divine. I believe it is the part of us that gives shape and voice to our innermost reality. This is frightening. Encounters with the real, in particular what we really feel, are something we generally try to avoid. Art mediates the encounter, allowing us to get nearer to our longing and our loss, to risk more, to dare more. Yet for the maker, the exposure is not mediated; it is total and terrifying. That is why so many creative people cut themselves off from their own experience, using drugs or drink or sex or shipwreck to avoid absolute exposure to the pain of creativity. When Whitman turned to face his dark angel, to wrestle with himself, he was acknowledging his own loss, his own longing, his own unstaunched wound.


10/18/09

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Family & Creativity

In the perfect shape, Family and Creativity
Can go without the hate
Don't do it for the praise
That's been me why change, Family and Creativity

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Properly practiced creativity can make one ad do the work of ten.

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Marcel Duchamp

Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another.

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Agatha Christie

No country can be described as free- but each has different degrees of bondage.

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Beyonce Knowles

One of the things that kept me out of trouble was doing something creative - creativity can't be judged.

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Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by orginality, overcomes everything.

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Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.

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Properly practiced creativity must result in greater sales more economically achieved. Properly practiced creativity can lift your claims out of the swamp of sameness and make them accepted, believed, persuasive, urgent.

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Samuel Alexander

When we come to images or memories or thoughts, speculation, while always closely related to practice, is more explicit, and it is in fact not immediately obvious that such processes can be described in any sense as practical.

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Pete Townshend

The problem for me, still today, is that I write purely with one dramatic structure and that is the rite of passage. I'm not really skilled in any other. Rock and roll itself can be described as music to accompany the rite of passage.

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One Word That Best Defines Life

“Life” is a word not easily defined

It can be described in so many ways

Can be described as easy, just as well as a grind

Described as a whole, or a phase


Describing the word “life” is almost an impossibility

At least that’s the way that I feel

But if I had to choose the word…. I best thought it to be

The best descriptive word for “life” is “surreal”

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Precious

Friendship has no price
Value of friendship is incalculable
No price, friendship has
Be together and be friends
Of each other, be a friend
Priceless, I call it
Truly priceless this attachment can be described as
Cannot ever identify it as cheap or expensive
Friendship, makes one be elevated
Links together this union as it brings closer two friends, who were unknown
Has no price, precious I call it.

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Much A Melancholy Man

Made a melancholy man
By years of self abuse
By years of regrets
Drunken nights nursing
Missed opportunities
Nights placing the blame
At the feet of others
To starve the admission
Of ones own failings
Haunted now by knowledge
And a gloomy realisation
That sadness wears well
And seems to suit the day
And somehow without trying
Things fall apart with ease
A self saboteur to speak
Accidentally achieving
All that can be described as
A melancholy life

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a Kiss

A kiss can be described in a thousand words
A kiss is a thousand words but I'm goin to describe it in just a few.

To me a kiss is the most important thing that you and girlfriend or your boyfriend or your husband or your wife can do to show your true feelings about each other
Wheather it's to show how much you love each other and want to make things work.
Every kiss the last kiss: the one defining vast kiss
But once we know it isn't so, Each kiss is the best kiss: a deeper-than-the-rest-kiss, until our needs or pleasures greed impels us to the next kiss

A
KISS

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This Culture Of Impunity

This culture of impunity,
Raising up lack of unity,
Killing all the art of creativity,
Disregarding the countries majority,
Letting the country in hands of stupidity,
A people with no activity,

This culture of impunity,
One that is killing humanity,
Killing each other in the community,
A government of totality,
One that forgets society,
Breaching all the arts of morality,

This culture of impunity,
One that has forgotten reality,
Embracing mediocrity,
Leading to future uncertainty,
Activating public liability,
But concealing its materiality,
This culture of impunity.

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Natural High

Ooo!
Who needs the sky?
Just watch me fly
I'm on a natural high
We're on a natural high
Who needs the sky?
You can just watch me fly
On a natural high
So you won't turn and sigh
And I feel like I'm 13
[vocals fade and blur]
Layin' on the sky
Feel like I'm sailing through a fire
Like a bird I can fly on a natural high
Letting out a scream
Like I'm sailing through a dream
Like a bird I can fly on a natural high
Caught in the sky
Who can I tie?
Oooo...
Letting out a scream
Like I'm sailing through a dream
Bird I can fly on a natural high
Letting out a scream
Like I'm sailing through a dream
Bird I can fly on a natural high
Eeeeeeoooooaaaaa....
Caught in the sky (caught in the sky)
Who can I tie? (who can I tie

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Angel Woman

I have searched the content of prominent knowledge
But none of their words suite your soul for me to pledge
I have dug the works of shakespear
But none of his rhymes will described your beauty my dear
I have seen beauties which are so rera
But theirs can be described by people in this sphere
What are you? Human or angel
I suppose you are the the very best of god spell
Your heart is made of peace and love
Your actions are much calm than dove
Your words are mixed with milk and honny
Your eyes have never seen anyone funny
Your face was built with honesty and innocence
Your arrival have made a perfect difference
With all this virtues embeded in you
I have nothing worthey to complement you
But at least I can confess
That you will always stay bless

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Face My Nemesis

Amid the office noise I am learning @
is called ‘arobase' - a quarter to three is
trois heures moins le quart, three minus a
quarter - enough to shut my brain down,
numbers have a deadly impact on me

Stop all synapses firing at once, I turn
into a dunce, stare vacantly at pages
of information I can't understand, why
should life be thus, as a mathematical
genius I could have been rich

In a universe that can be described in a
world famous mathematical equation
where E is energy, m mass, c the
speed of light, whatever it means -
everything is relative

And I must face my nemesis, numbers
expressed in French in a minefield of
arobases while telling time, I'm sinking
into the depths of my black hole brain,
information goes in - but never

Comes out again…

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With Methods To Replace Old Concepts

As a performing artist,
One takes artistic risks.
That's the nature of the field.
And creativity can not be restricted.

Those who believe,
There should be censorship...
Only limit their own experiences,
Not those who are chosen and born to do this.

If nature was confined,
To a definition in one's mind.
There would be no growth at all.
And the Earth would not be of God's design.
Constantly evolving in new directions to find...
The unknown to discover fresh expressions,
With methods to replace old concepts.

As a performing artist,
One takes artistic risks.
That's the nature of the field.
And creativity can not be restricted.

Those who believe,
There should be censorship...
Only limit their own experiences,
Not those who are chosen and born to do this.

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