(c) Mark Wagner Money Art Collage
In relation to my last post regarding the issue of money (a piece I still cannot properly categorize as prose, poetry, mad thoughts, or simply scribble and babble), I can say that all seems to be gravitating around money lately, around the lack of it and around profit. So I tuned my words according to the pressing notion of an inherently flawed monetary system.
My relationship with money has always been a complicated one – not entirely divorced, but still not getting along. Here’s an insane thought I keep having: how about living in a world where the only currency is nothing but a patch of humanity? Yeah, I know. Idealistic to the bones. Meanwhile, I have gathered here 20 inspirational quotes about money from more or less famous people. And I will also leave you with this question: what is money to you and how often do you think of it? Continue reading
I have not always had a love affair with poetry. As a child, I found myself forced to memorize verses and rhymes I did not understand nor liked or wished to understand. I was not fond at all of dead Romanian poets (who all happened to be white men, though this did not ring any bells at the time); in fact, I hated them and whatever they had to say, which almost always included something about the weather, the moonlight in the lover’s (always a young girl) hair (almost always blonde). I was somehow under the impression all poems had to deal with romance or else they weren’t classified as poetry. They did not speak my language, I did not speak theirs. I was a stranger to poetry and had all intentions to remain so. I have rediscovered poetry many years later, when it was revealed to me that poetry is more, far more than what I had previously thought. I found a cluster of shapes, sizes, colors, flavors, dimensions, and layers and felt like a kid in Wonderland thinking: “I can wonder, but can I play too?” Poetry can be about playfulness and introspection, it can degenerate into candid nightmares and infinite madness and it can melt into nebulae and plain distorted fantasy.
Here are some thoughts on poetry which I find inspirational and which do not seek to define poetry, but rather to expand it: Continue reading