Where do poems come from?
And part of being creative is trusting that something inside of you is keeping the project alive. Different poets will have different sources for creativity, and, for many of us, poems often originate in place. Mary Oliver has her Blackwater Pond that she visited so many mornings, slipping into the lives of the creatures and the sights there. If place is a trusted source, wild places make the prospect of finding a poem even more variable—it can take ten years to stumble on all the elements needed; or the poem can arrive even as you run along the Picnic Point path.
The first poem I carried with me for ten years in my pocket notebook as nothing more than the last two lines of a title. I walked the hill each summer, thinking that John Muir had lived nearby. I also made a bed which set me on my feet every morning at the hour determined on, and in dark winter mornings just as the bed set me on the floor it lighted a lamp. Then, after the minutes allowed for dressing had elapsed, a click was heard and the first book to be studied was pushed up from a rack below the top of the desk, thrown open, and allowed to remain there the number of minutes required.
Then the machinery closed the book and allowed it to drop back into its stall, then moved the rack forward and threw up the next in order, and so on, all the day being divided according to the times of recitation, and time required and allotted to each study. Of course, not all poems take decades to accumulate their component materials.
The pressures on ecosystems will increase Into changed patterns of purchase, consumption, disposal, and travel. When despair grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. He returns constantly to the theme that concerns him: Wonder can, too, become an easy substitute for care. Being present in loved places. Trying to explain the cult of Springwatch in the Guardian, Blake Morrison remarked that "the urge behind it is an old one:
And, in my experience, creativity in writing poetry requires a kind of double vision: Carrying a notebook and pencil. And some of the most rewarding and lasting friendships he has known have been with animals, birds and plants—big and small; outgoing and shy.
This collection focuses on these companions and brings together his finest essays and stories, both classic and new. Beautifully illustrated by Shubhadarshini Singh, this is a gift for nature-and book-lovers of all ages. Ruskin Bond has written novels, memoirs, short story collections and books of essays and poetry.
Birds, Beasts and Other Companions. Friends in Wild Places: Excerpt Click here to read an excerpt from the book.
In wild places Dwells my mind In places distant There to find A peace Not of mankind Thoughts wander Back and forth between Though in a. Different poets will have different sources for creativity, and, for many of us, poems If place is a trusted source, wild places make the prospect of finding a poem.