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Reply To: The Way of Art and Two-Way Roads” with Mythologist Craig Deininger”


Hi R³

I’m glad of the play, the theme-riffing here. Thanks for sending this in. And reminding me that all work and no play makes jack and jill dull kids. Similarly you cross the line from exposition to poetry. You’re like,

“Hey, instead of talking about what it is, let’s just do it,” or so it feels to me. We can hypothesize and conjecture all we want, but there’s something to just reaching out with art, hit or miss is a secondary concern. The act of doing it brings it so much more into the experience-aspect of things. But then, I have my bias and am very fond of poetry, which is what this is that you’ve sent on.

I went through it and put together those lines that, for reasons I could not hope to explain, engendered experience in a big way, for me:

The art of the fallen apotheosis

Ignites a new star

A bridge through the phenomenal darkness

Inception of the bright morning star

Crushed on the shore of the infinite … between the many and the One …

To conceive

Of love in mind

Of love in deed …


Of course, this is all just to my ear and all, but if I had lines like this, I’d be building poems out of them. And you bring in love at the end, that’s a big one. Obviously. But why not bring it into the conversation? It is another of those evasive phenomena that cannot be put in a box. And surely, it comes through fullest in experience. I’m always pleased with those rare occasions that the word emerges into one of my poems. And actually works. And it’s never by my skill when this happens, but rather, I like to think, by grace–another one to add to the list, by the way. I once asked myself, “how do I invite more grace into my life?” But quickly realized, grace transcends invitation. Why she’s called “grace.” Anyway, since we’re dealing with the human psyche here and the experiences that it is subject too, and that it produces, then indeed, yes they are part of this wild gestalt we call the human experience. But I don’t want to lose track of the doing. Even though I went on a worthy tangent, but to ground it a bit I’m thinking of why “active imagination” as opposed to “passive fantasy” is the stuff that gets us there, that drives the individuation-process. I’m glad you brought this doing-aspect into the conversation through doing.