Poets want to be regarded as special, but that can not be collective, there are only a bunch of poets who are.
There is an intimate relationship existing between life, objects and thoughts. (felt and seen at sacred level). Some creatives mostly by vice of omission overlook that and completely objectify their subject.At this point inspiration is hijacked and ceases to be a natural process and the virtue of speciality is lost. Depth becomes an illusionary reflection of ego and capacity of hype and praises by clique.
Every creative operates from three basic centres:
– Instinctive centre
– Emotional centre
– Intellectual centre
Intellectual centre is the source of thought and primarily instigates philosophy,most effective especially when coupled with experience. These centres make everyone capable of making creative art. But at this level of creative approach, skepticism, cynicism and pragmatism are dominant because it’s the ordinary altitude of an individual of viewing and interpreting a subject. Restraint, caution, persistence and observation are the mechanics as is in the case of prose and academic writers.Well,that’s an ordinal approach particularly on substantial and raw art, but it’s where the crowd is.
Substantial poetry is sourced at an higher level. At this level, intense and refined centres;
– Higher emotional centre and
– Higher intellectual centre
are engines for higher perception. Idealism, spirituality and objectivity becomes the basic altitude aspects at this level and passion, power and dynamism which may comprise sophisticated simplicity is exhibited in the writing. Creativity ceases to be linear and orderly to nonlinear, intuitive, chaotic, raging or/and abstract and the same time maintaining a natural fluidity.
Think of it as an assimilation point, a point of oneness, a point of abundance and depth. At this point, the poet coalesces all knowledge and experience and dispenses it without fanaticism, prejudices, vanity, arrogance, aversions or malice to the highest exploitation of the subject. But what happens mostly is subjective poetry, poetry from lower level of perception,worst of all Riddim poetry (a public guillotine execution should be arranged for such poets) , urban spoken word poetry and other other junk thoughts and verbiage christened poetry!
Most poets can do better, but the desire for them wanting to be accommodated or superficially identifed with the current society as a way of making their ‘madness’ conventional ruins the prospect. Real Poetry is sacred and that should be it’s only source!The art to draw wisdom, the art of insight and not only the art of words is what makes one a poet and special .
© Kiambi Mutembei 2015
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