We’re with two poets who are exploring the creative process and the poetry of transformation by looking more deeply at attitudes or uncertainties – such as ego and worry about criticism – that can block or interrupt the inner creative space.
Another self-limiting notion is the viewpoint that creativity is somehow the province only of people who are artists, or writers, or musicians. It’s an artificial separation most of us learn in school - that art and science are on disconnected tracks - instead of being different facets of the same creative or universal impulse.
When the creative impulse expresses itself as poetry, it would be a mistake to compare one poem to another; each is a universe unto itself. What we’re discovering here is the poetry of who we are becoming. The poetry that is the Golden Gate Bridge, on
which there is the traffic of life that is forever in transit from who we were to who we are becoming, to who we will be tomorrow, and, later, on the other side of the veil… the poetry of transformation.
There's the impulse, the idea of ‘Okay, I want to create something,’ or I have a question, or I have a niggle, or I got smacked upside the head. There's an initiation first of the creative process, then there's the actual creation. So now we're in it, and we're bringing everything we have to bear on it.