Category: word pictures

Zen Poetics–The Art of Reading a Poem

©1999 By Jack Remick and Robert J Ray Read each line below aloud. Take your time. Freedom without discipline is chaos Energy is language working through you Patience is killing your ego Patience and energy equal discipline Energy and discipline equal power Power and strength equal grace Grace is the goal of our writing. Copy those lines. Use your hand, your fingers, your wrist, your brain. Circle the words that repeat. Grab the words. Pull them close. Slow down. Show some patience. Look at your finger. Zen Poetics Twists your Finger This is the Zen of a poem – learn how to wait. Patience is a finger puzzle – The harder you try to get out of it, the tighter it gets. Patience is simple. It is the itch under the skin before you know you want to scratch. The goal of a poem is to find a primitive language that lets the poet transform emotion into image. A poem has no language. The poet uses English or Chinese approximates to get to the emotion. Image is pre-linguistic. Before the image there is emotion. The emotion comes, then we find language to cover it. We cover the emotion with image. Write the emotion. Emotion evokes image. Image is covered with language, but language is not the ideal expression for the image. The ideal language of a poem is a...

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Dramaticus Moebius

We built this website because we want to open a doorway for writers to go deep into the art and craft of writing. Writing today, in America, is about images. It is about images and action. We live in a post-literate world but it’s a world that lives for and consumes images, moving images—film. Art in the 21st Century is driven by the moving image. To achieve success, a writer today will create a work that transforms easily into image, a work that adapts to film, moves with ease into video. The key for the writer in this century is to know that behind every image there is a solid piece of writing. Behind every movie, there is a solid screenplay. The precursor to the image is the written word. Reading is, perhaps, on the wane, but writing is stronger than ever. To use our website, the writer does not have to write a movie or a film but she must be aware that the moving picture is the cultural pinnacle of art, a pinnacle that all other writing will reference. This means that the writer who comes here might want techniques, ideas, and insights that will lead her toward an image-based style of writing, a writing built on images and action, action and reaction. By image we mean word pictures. In the art of writing there are at...

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