REST IS RESISTANCE

REST IS RESISTANCE

When I gave a presentation to the Open University a few weeks ago, I spoke about my practice of drawing water as one of deliberately slowing down in order to inhabit time with more awareness and presence. One of the questions I was asked in the (unrecorded) Q&A...

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An Incitement To Joy

An Incitement To Joy

Ross Gay’s “Inciting Joy” has been keeping me company these past few days.  A poet, Gay’s prose is playful, looping, forking into asides and lengthy footnotes, inviting you to meander alongside. As title the suggests, he explores ‘incitements’ or moments when a kind...

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The Poetry of Amazement

The Poetry of Amazement

It’s not often that I sit down with a book of poetry and find myself so drawn into its world that I read it in long, deep draughts, like a novel. But this is the effect that my first encounter with the work of Canadian poet Don Domanski had on me. These are poems of...

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Drawing Water

Drawing Water

I was invited recently to make a presentation for a conference on "Eco-Creativity" organised by the Open University. I offered an invitation to pay attention to the water around and within you in all its familiarity and strangeness, to become enchanted by...

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