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Lise Ragbir: What if We Believed Anything Was Possible?

Does flinching at new information that veers from our sense of truth bring too much discomfort?

October 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Elif Shafak | The Politics of Fiction

Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.

May 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Michael Luong: Art and Identity on the Spectrum

In observance of Autism Acceptance Month, we asked four illustrators on the autism spectrum to create a self-portrait of themselves. We asked one simple question: As a creative on the autism spectrum, what’s something you would like others to know? 

April 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Writing Prompt #7 | Jumping into the Mud

Here’s an exercise which I call Jumping into the Mud although it’s sometimes called by the more prosaic name automatic writing. The exercise helps to loosen my imagination, and sometimes a decent poem results as well.

September 4, 2021 · 13 Comments

Philip Levine: On The Meeting Of Garcia Lorca And Hart Crane

…let’s not
invent a dialogue of such eloquence
that even the ants in your own
house won’t forget it.

April 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Fork

In a museum, a woman looking at a Fork exhibited as a piece of art lets her imagination run wild.

March 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: A Mind Sang

In the last moments before childbirth, a mother sees how similar her life and her child’s life will be.

December 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: The Poet’s Disregard

He ponders composing an ode
to his long time sidekick Death, but as his
own departure draws near their friendship
has grown problematic.

December 8, 2019 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: Images

One powerful image can overthrow the whole decaying edifice of empiricism and thrust us back into the medieval mind of gods, miracles, witches, and the wonders of an empowered and … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Fred Maus: I Listen to an Adagio by Ravel

. Then, I know how to speak with a single voice, meandering onward, not clear whether anyone is listening, pushing on to the next word and the next, not with … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: On the consequence of a failure of imagination

Much of the good work in the world is poorly paid or done for free. Poetry would not be written, hospital and hospice sits would not be done, medical care … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Elizabeth Gilbert talks about finding your creative genius

With wit and humor, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love” talks about artistic creativity, imagination, and fear of success.          

October 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

Video: “Piano Fling” from Northern Exposure

This is possibly the best explanation of art and innovation ever to appear in American popular culture: “It’s not the thing you fling, it’s the fling itself.”

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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