Tuesday, October 26, 2010

* "Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one."

Not everyone has a writing spider sit down beside her.
Not of this magnificence, at least.  A black cat on her back.
Nature is genius.

She is a bit spiky furry. Known for eating her husband, perhaps those are his hairy legs expressing themselves from inside her?  Should i ask her to shave?      

                          [I think not.]

Some Spider symbols/stories

* E.B.White (cracked pot quote his) used the Writing Spider as model for Charlotte's Web.

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."  

E.B. White

Found the other day, ALLEN GINSBERG'S MIND WRITING SLOGANS. Given to one of his writing students, they closely resemble meditation practice. Translate them to any kind of creative activity, or just Being.

1."First Thought, Best Thought" --Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
2."Take a friendly attitude toward your thoughts." --Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
3."The Mind must be loose." --John Adams
4."One perception must immediately and directly lead to a further perception." --Charles Olson, "Projective Verse"
5."My writing is a picture of the mind moving." --Philip Whalen
6.Surprise Mind --Allen Ginsberg
7."The old pond, a frog jumps in, Kerplunk!" --Basho
8."Magic is the total delight (appreciation) of chance" --Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
9."Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then I contradict myself,
(I am large. I contain multitudes.)" --Walt Whitman
10."...What quality went to form a man of achievement, especially in literature? ...Negative capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason." --John Keats
11."Form is never more than an extension of content." --Robert Creeley to Charles Olson
12."Form follows function." --Frank Lloyd Wright
13.Ordinary Mind includes eternal perceptions. --A.G.
14."Nothing is better for being Eternal
Nor so white as the white that dies of a day." --Louis Zukofsky
15.Notice what you notice. --A.G
16.Catch yourself thinking. --A.G.
17.Observe what's vivid. --A.G.
18.Vividness is self-selecting. --A.G.
19."Spots of Time" --William Wordsworth
20.If we don't show anyone we're free to write anything. --A.G.
21."My mind is open to itself." --Gelek Rinpoche
22."Each on his bed spoke to himself alone, making no sound." --Charles Reznikoff

73."To be men not destroyers" --Ezra Pound

82."Well while I'm here I'll do the work--and what's the Work? To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow." --A.G.

The list gets better, too.
You can copy at the source if you like: The Best Writing Tips Ever

Imagine seeing this driving home at night.

Was he returning it?  &  Elkhorn Slough (looks incredible!
     Peace to you all.
     And a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am closing off my Internet link for November, once a week get mail. Clear the tables and write about my brother, nothing but thought memory and heart; no distractions. Good support falling into place, so it seems ripe, the timing. Not sure I am ready emotionally, but will work on something else if that feels true.

*What will it be like NOT to Google anything or go online for a month? Could you do it?

       Pumpkin pie whip cream gobble life with hunger joy and gratitude. Do something you wouldn't normally do.  I just looked up and the sky is glowing a very strange pink, a sign for good sailing! I wish you good sailing too, in whatever you do.


ArtPropelled said...

Good sailing to you too M and I wish you a productive November, writing, releasing and healing. Thanda.

kvk said...

Been thinking of you. I've dropped by here and there, sneaking tiny breaks from my self-inflicted tasks.

So now before you shut down (I want to try that sometime), I wanted to make sure to send greetings and thanks for the always lovely and always thought inducing (and often provoking) posts.

I'll be saving the Ginsberg writing link and I still remember the first time I saw one of those circles around the sun (outside my high school in Tallahassee 1973) - unsettling and inspiring. Unfortunately, photos of spiders creep me out. I'm fine when they're 'in situ', not so good elsewhere.

Blessings to you as you dive into quiet and introspection. Surely a precious journey is about to unfold.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Your post here has been of "gold" to me...reminds me of a Leonard Cohen line "There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in" or something close to those words.
My best to you for knowing this is the time and having the support to move forward. Best wishes from my heart to yours...November songs.

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh, what a beautiful spider!
Not that I would like it to sit next to me,
but I would like to draw it!
And your list of wiseness...
I wish you smooth sailing over golden skies
the wind through your hair when you walk on the sand
time to twirl in the shallow water
and time to think of your brother
and write.

notmassproduced said...

that spider is very beautiful but i would have run a mile if she'd sat visited me!

mansuetude said...

Hey Robyn, Thank you, for everything. I am getting rather excited. Everything falling into place! We are cutting my internet link on Monday Morning... that is gonna be strange, no more Googling anything, no peeking on your blog.
Thanda and much production to you in your summer. See you soon.

KVK, thanks for the wonderful words. Precious journey sounds wonderful, and true. it feels i am giving myself back my old rhythms. Will have my Talisman nearby for reminding of how much pain has been released and how much joy--hopefully what i write will tangle the emotions of both and come across into the writing.

The spider is harmless, but you should be terrified of brown recluse, (wood piles, no web) we know someone who lost his son to a brown recluse bite. They are like acid.

Happy delicious Thanksgiving to you. Do I remember you make blueberry tarts? ummm.

Mary Ann from my heart to yours, a Happy Birthday and Thanksgiving. Have been blessed to have this time open up, others willing to help, so I figure why not grab it by the throat and kiss the life out of it! Its mine.


Roxanne, thank you. She is a beauty, I never loved a spider so before. I will be walking in the warm waters and watching the river, there are already so many birds migrating.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Kate, haha. The spider made a web the size of a football player's chest. It was stunning, and you would have said, Oh where is my camera. I am sure you couldn't resist.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a wonderful spider!

Excellent quote from EB White too! Very true

lynne h said...

oh, that e.b. white quote!

peaceful, insightful break to you, M...


Christine said...

Sweet M. I will leave a word here, since I seem to be unable to at your newest post.

I wish you love in November. I don't know where you're going, but I think I recocknize the emotion. I load a soft cloud with empathy and send it over by Rain.
There is no distance.

Take care. xo