On the last Wednesday of every month, I serve up a potpourri of tidbits I've come across in recent weeks. This being the last post of 2016, I hope to offer a little inspiration for the year ahead.
Art is not a set of rules, but a harmony of whims.
-- Rubén Darío
No small part of sanity, I think, is accepting the distance between the discipline you think you should have and that which is actually available to you.
-- Naomi Jackson, author, in Poets & Writers, September/October 2016.
The purpose of the artist is to draw back the veil that leaves us indifferent before the universe.
-- Marcel Proust
I am not much of a believer in inspiration. Well, no, that's not true: Good writing needs a little lightning, which only strikes unbidden, coursing through it. But waiting to write until one is inspired is like waiting to have a drink of water until it rains.
-- Craig Morgan Teicher, poet, critic and freelance writer, in Poets & Writers, January/February 2017
Poetry is not a means to an end,, but a continuing engagement with being alive.
-- Kim Addonizio, poet, novelist and performer
Inspiration is not divine intervention. It's figuring out a solution to a problem.
-- Editors, Poets & Writers, January/February, 2017
The purpose of art is to stop time.
-- Bob Dylan
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
-- Maya Angelou
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
-- Jane Goodall
Written from the heart,
from the heart of the woods
Read the introduction to HeartWood here.
Nan Sanders Pokerwinski, a former journalist, writes memoir and personal essays, makes collages and likes to play outside. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, Ray.