The blog tagline for 4/14/21 – “If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.”
Might be worth contemplation a week hence at the “freeforall.” Expanding from old Sock’s rubric of “poetry” to include all writing, it might mesh nicely with Tomek’s suggestion of some discussion about editing and re-write and how we know “is it done yet?”
Technique vs. inspiration/intuition?
Nature vs. nurture?
Does the crosstown bus run all night long? (doo-dah, doo-dah)
[except for the funny part]
[very old joke, I think a beatnik was involved]
Whattya think? (about the proposal for 4/28’s topic, not about the old joke)
I’m on board, not surprisingly. I saw this article this morning reviewing Ken Burns’ recent series on Hemingway and his impact, which gets into the story-vs.-style argument a bit. https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/13/opinions/ernest-hemingway-pbs-documentary-seymour/index.html