FREE Video Event Series
Wake Up Festival Pre-Festival Intensives
August 18–20, 2014
Malidoma Patrice Somé
While the poet’s craft requires a mastery of verse, meter, and language, there is a kind of imagination that is the true heart of poetry. As poet David Whyte says, this is not the sort of imagination that allows us to think up clever ideas or new inventions—it is our capacity to see beyond the surface of appearance and into what is true. “Poetic imagination,” says David, “is your ability to discover a central image inside you that makes sense of all the thousands of other images you receive.” In this audio clip, he provides a beautiful illustration of poetic imagination in action, revealing through example why this is a faculty each one of us possesses.