Make me a diamond
from pure twilight
built on early planets
Lines by John MacDonald from The Music of the Aztecs
and photo by Jan Claire
GC: How does your mind work? How did you know to start from the particular?
AB: That’s a good question. I’ve been doing it for so long, part of it is automatic.
GC: But to know to start in your back yard. That’s a lesson in poetry right there. That brings me to the second most important thing about poetry — is to notice things.
GC: Observation is vital.
“The Diamond Net is a video series and blog created by Emerald Wilkins which deals with the topics of emotions, spirituality, social issues, and psychology.” ~ Emerald Wilkins
“We are in a magic theatre; a world of pictures, not realities. See that you pick out beautiful and cheerful ones and show that you really are not in love with your highly questionable personality any longer. Should you still, however, have a hankering after it, you need only have another look in the mirror that I will now show you. But you know the old proverb: 'A mirror in the hand is worth two on the wall.’”
~ From Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
“Ineluctable modality of the visible: At least that if no more thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide… Shut your eyes and see.”
…late at night, I sneak out
In my dreams, drawn toward a gleaming field of green.
…In the distance, down the hill, cherry blossoms billow like snow.
A Poem a Week
“The producers of Lunar Poetry Podcasts bring you a poem a week, taking you back to the simple joy of having a poem read to you… [and] provide a mixture of new poems, old favorites, current LPP features, and guest poets reading their own work.”
The Writing Process
“A series of discussions, interviews and live recordings with poets from the UK and abroad… [examining] the writing process.”
Her lifespan was a drop of quicksilver.
"Karen Elson compares her own experience of modelling with that of Pre-Raphaelite muse Elizabeth Siddal, Millais' long-suffering model for Ophelia."
"This book can change your life. This is a book of poetry and poems can do that. If reading a poem can leave you in a state of heightened mindfulness, it can also increase your understanding of yourself. A poem can even further your personal growth. A good poem can contribute to spiritual development…
Poems exist in a Jungian matrix…
Each person has… keys to interpretation, and one of the values of poetry—perhaps it’s greatest—is that by its mere existence we are forced to look to our own keys, whether or not we ever apply them. A key to interpretation is like a gate to the unconscious…
Keep in mind the techniques for understanding poetry as you browse through this book, then go back and read it again. Ours is a world on a tightrope, strung between other worlds. Poems are written on the veil between worlds, and where they are, the veil is a little thinner."~ David B. Churchill
"Poetry has always changed with the changing world. If it doesn’t, it will run the risk of not being a living language." ~ Eaven Boland
Marianne Szlyk “trains her whimsical powers of observation on scenes of climate change, American urban and suburban landscapes.” ~ Catfish McDaris
“Hermann Hesse, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1946, is definitely lesser known for his activity as a painter than for his literary masterpieces... [This exhibition]… presents the more intimate, hidden side of an all-round artist who found relief from his existential distress in pictorial expression.”
Jung Connections: “On the advice of his psychoanalyst, a disciple of Carl Gustav Jung, Hesse was initially reluctant to start using colours and brushes, but then he felt so relieved that painting became his preferred activity. Fascinated by the beauty of nature and attracted by the expressive power of colour, Hesse painted over three thousand watercolours during his life, mainly depicting dreamy, brightly coloured landscapes in Ticino, but he also illustrated small volumes and booklets of poems.”Hermann Hesse’s paintings on Google Images
…In “Jungian Literary Criticism : The Essential Guide,” Dr. Susan Rowland says, “The psyche is intrinsically creative,” as she discusses why we care about the literary arts.
…In “Archetypal Psychology” Dr. Patricia Berry, who herself writes poetry, talks of how dreams may bring up creative ideas.
…In “On Memoir,” Maureen Murdock discusses how “a depth psychological perspective can facilitate, enhance, and deepen the telling of one’s story in a profound way."
Advice to young poets: “Read your poems aloud over and over as you revise.”
~ From an Interview with Annie Finch by J. Gabriel Scala
“Ferdinand Hodler is considered as the best-known Swiss painter of the 19th century. Hodler is known for his portraits and nature and landscape images, especially those of the Swiss mountains and lakes.
Hodler’s paintings had a major influence on Switzerland’s picture and perception of itself.
At the same time, he was one of the most important representatives of the transition from the 19th century to modernism.”
…An image of Hodler's View to Infinity is in the pages of The Problem of the Puer Aeternus by Marie Von Franz.
…And Hodler's Adoration Study is on the cover of Children’s Dreams by C.G. Jung.
"art of in a time of crisis,
what it means to be contemporary,
how poems happen,
the genesis of Mz N,
and what, in the first place, poetry is for."
“Eavesdrop on three Jungian analysts — Joseph R. Lee, Lisa Marchiano, and Deborah Stewart — as they engage in lively, sometimes irreverent conversations about a wide range of topics. Join them for a new episode every Thursday as they… share what it’s like to see the world through the depth psychological lens provided by Carl Jung."
Episode 13 — Active Imagination
Episode 18 — Creative Depression
Episode 61 – Individuation
“The creative process, so far as we are able to follow it at all, consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal image, and in elaborating and shaping this image into the finished work. By giving it shape, the artist translates it into the language of the present, and so makes it possible for us to find our way back to the deepest springs of life.”
~ C.G. Jung, The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature
“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away-an ephemeral apparition… Yet I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung
“In 2009 Catrin started to create digital images by collaging old illustrations and photographs. At the same time she discovered online social networks and her private images were then open to the public. The positive responses Catrin got there were her motivation to go on with her art until now.”
In this lecture series, Vendler "considers the final works of five modern American poets… as they examine life and death 'in a single steady gaze.'"
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Wallace Stevens
Part 3: Sylvia Plath
Part 4: Robert Lowell
Part 5: Elizabeth Bishop
Part 6: James Merrill
Poet You constellate the myths, O royal oracle of archetypes. Photo and poem by Jan Claire