Saturday, April 24, 2010

Discovering Maya Stein

At Christmastime, I found/was given a poem by Maya Stein and I immediately fell in love with her words.  As the months have gone by, the poems I have been most attracted to have been by Maya Stein, and yet, I have not pursued her words or attempted to gather any information about her.  Maybe it is due to time or busyness or distractions.  Or maybe I just wanted to keep her at a distance because her words speak to me deeply and I feel a yearning to find my own words again when I read her.

This morning, as I made my way through the blogosphere I have gathered around me, I stumbled upon Maya Stein again.  Of course, it was 37Days that gifted me with another poem called "don't forget to write". There was a link to Maya Stein's blog where I spent some time today.  Again, I felt the pull of words and self-expression. Not that the blog isn't a great place for self-expression - it is just different.  I'm not sure what this is all leading me toward, but I know that when something touches you so much, you are bound to happen upon it again and again until you do something about it.

As always, I struggle to find a balance. I tried working on the Art Journals today, but I have some kind of block happening.  I can't bring myself to the place I need to be to really create something personal.  I'm sure I am close to some kind of break-through or epiphany...that's what these moods usually bring.  I think it is my own judgement holding me back - what if it isn't good enough?  (what does that mean, exactly?) What if it doesn't come out the way I want it to?  (does it ever?)  I hate that these speculations/fears inhibit the creativity...the whole point of creativity is freedom and yet the mind can be such a powerful prison against it. 

Anyway, just some things I was thinking about today.

1 comment:

  1. Jean -

    I wanted to thank you for this. Not only am I humbled by your support of my work, but I was inspired by your post to do some writing of my own.

    Cheers, and gratitude across these wires,




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