Performance Poetry

You Can’t Cook a Poem Like An Egg!

Ingredients:

* Words, freshly laid in your heart’s hearing

ensure they’re free range

not stopped by the glottal of mundane life

* Freshly squeezed passion

* An abundance of ideas

* Emotions – a pint or two

* Sprinkling of commas

* Teaspoon of full stops

* Time measureless

* One Laptop or PC

* Notepad and pen

 

Preparation:

Close the door,

switch off the mobile

and yesterday’s unfinished tasks

remove the mask of doing, doer

sit carefully and comfortably

undisturbed

fresh tea, coffee, a glass of wine to hand.

Caution: keep the critic out of The Poet’s Kitchen.

 

Instructions: 

Pour ideas into your creative bowl.

Crack open the words and stir gently.

Pour in emotions engaged in memories.

Add a smidgen of colourful vocabulary

tho this isn’t always necessary.

Mix, taste, adjust.

Leave to stand.

Sip tea,

Stand, stretch, have a pee!

  

Dream and drift,

As you sift

these first stirrings.

Go walkabout!

Listen to the cat purr; count raindrops,

Ponder, reflect but remember,

you can’t cook a poem like an egg.

Let it simmer in the slow heat

of your unconscious mind.

Return.

Sieve cold commas, fruity full stops,

exuberant exclamation marks, one or two will do.

Read.

Now carefully lay your mixture on to your laptop or PC.

Set at one and half line spacing.

 

It is now in need of some correction

stirred by your laid back reflection;

type, delete,

ignore being neat.

It is now in need of more correction,

stirred by your critic’s interjection;

type, delete, try being neat.

Use butter greased verse cutters,

Stifle the critic’s mutters.

Save.

Turn down the flame of your inspiration.

Hungrily print out,

Smothering the doubt

that your poem is half baked.

Read.

Nod sagely, sip dregs of wine.

Relax.

You know you’ve cooked your poem.

Serve with no garnish, just as it is.

 

Louise Taylor ©  You Can’t Cook a Poem Like an Egg !

Louise – and Iona Jette’s – first collection of performance poetry and blogs about creativity, business and poetry.  Available on www.amazon.co.uk.

 

Why Businessess Need Creativity

Creativity.  It’s powerful, personal and present – in all of us.  Sadly, many of us leave behind the bold, vibrant, vital force that is creativity when we leave childhood. What often blocks us, leaving our creativity shut down, is that we have forgotten the need to ‘view the intuitive mind as a sacred gift and the rational mind as a faithful servant.’ (paraphrased from Albert Einstein’s writing: Bob Samples, 1976).

Your intuition, your essential business compass hangs out in your creative mind. If you allow your creativity to open up, ‘hearing’ those hunches becomes easier and clearer.  Creative people are more at ease with the unknown. A fear of uncertainty can cause untold stress and lead to poor decision-making.

What surprises many linear thinkers is that the seeming chaos of the creative process has boundaries.  In that chaos there is the intention of creating something and control has to be let go of in the creative space.  When I want to write a poem I have to allow my intuitive, metaphoric mind free rein, knowing that with reflection and editing – the boundaries – I will create one.

Resilience is another benefit of creativity; vital in today’s climate if you are to meet the challenges that are inevitable in business.  Reflection is second nature to the creative mind.  All artists know that if they put something to one side and allow the unconscious mind to work on it, the next step presents itself easily.  The same applies to business problems and personal development in business.  Understanding the benefits of being in the flow versus direct action (feminine/creative thinking vs. masculine/linear thinking) can reap benefits for entrepreneurs and business leaders alike in a rapidly changing world, since it can ease stress and present solutions.

Business skills can be learnt – by our intellect and through experience – but a creative approach to learning any new skill will ensure it is learnt more swiftly and anchored more easily – and involves fun!  Which leads to the huge healthy benefits of laughter, for without relaxation your creativity cannot be accessed.

If you want your self and your business to flourish take the time to honour your creativity and remember: You Can’t Cook a Poem like an Egg!

Louise Taylor ©  You Can’t Cook a Poem Like an Egg ! Louise – and Iona Jette’s – first collection of performance poetry and blogs about creativity, business and poetry.  Available on www.amazon.co.uk.