This video (by way of Kevin Thurston), “I Like Your Poetry,” endorses the title’s sentiment in a masculine display via the WWF. Less than two minutes and highly recommended.
On another note, I was thinking about thinking today. I was chatting with someone recently, attempting to discuss the importance of thinking as well as note how folks might not recognize it as a primary facet of our daily realities. Well, what I was trying to say won’t come out here any better, but consider the matter in terms of someone asking you how your day was.
“How was your day?” “Great! I broke old habits and thought in unusual ways today! I toyed with some concepts, and though I didn’t fathom replacements, I came up with new associations and found pleasure and different sense in them!” Um, not a typical response, right? Everything seems to exist outside of thinking (unless you work for a think tank — Ted M? Any thoughts?), which renders thinking, as an activity to be consious of and possibly guided, secondary or not even on the radar.
My rambling is elementary, but it’s also worth a note. Let’s look elsewhere for another perspective. Most people “know” Einstein was a genius. He gave us the Theory of Relativity! He could toy with complex equations and solve difficult math problems — and he also recognized that grappling with already known ideas and facts wasn’t enough; one has to think “outside the box” or beyond the known world (i.e “reality).
How does one go about such a feat? Simply put: Einstein didn’t just stick to the old equations scientists were already working with, manipulating them into various patterns, etc — he bent light, so to speak. Now how does someone decide the known/confirmed ways aren’t working and go about fathoming something inconceivable? I don’t know what paradigm shifts or displacement methods will work best for you, but Einstein annihalated time and made it spacetime, a relative thing, depending on where you’re standing.
John Ashbery wrote in an essay on Gertrude Stein, “Donald Sutherland … has quoted Miss Stein as saying, ‘If it can be done why do it?’ Stanzas in Meditation is no doubt the most successful of her attempts to do what can’t be done, to create a counterfeit of reality more real than reality. And if, on laying the book aside, we feel that it is still impossible to accomplish the impossible, we are also left with the conviction that it is the only thing worth trying to do.”
Oh, time to head out for dinner. Anyhow, you catch my drift. One poetic is breaking habit and daring to do the unusual and reaching into that black hole of impossibility to find what one might not know. Like killing time–not just in the “I’m bored” way but in the Einstein sense. Try thinking. Up something new. Uninhabited and out-of-bounds. Something not yourself. It’s not easy, but the effort just might pay off.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” –Albert Einstein
Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.