The Imaginative Storm Whispered Desire
Monday, April 10, 2006
Spend an Afternoon with Adrian Leeds in home town, New Orleans, learning how to make your dream to live and invest in France come true!
Living and Investing in France Round Table Seminar
Plus, invite your friends and relatives to join you for a celebration cocktails and dinner at historic Tujague’s Restaurant, the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans. Everyone is welcome!
Dear Parler Paris Reader,
If I tell you HOW poet James Navé managed to get the entire group of writers and would-be writers to let down their intellectual guards and free associate to a height of creative and imaginative thinking, I’d spoil it for everyone. So, I won’t. But I will tell you this…
Saturday afternoon we sat at tables on the first floor of La Pierre du Marais, the same café where we meet for Parler Paris Après Midi. The waiter took our orders and created havoc until everyone was served their coffee, wine and whatever. It started out slowly because Jim, who is a fixture on the poetry slam circuit and for ten years taught creativity workshops with Julia Cameron, author of “The Artist’s Way,” warmed up the crowd with his own poetry-reciting talents. I could see the troupes getting anxious to wield their own pens on the pads of paper they were instructed to bring.
Then he made one final demonstration before asking all to participate in the creative process. Through free association, based on arbitrary thoughts and words we had provided as a group, Jim wrote as many words as quickly as he could on a pad of paper — so quickly that when done, we (or he) couldn’t read or decipher many of them. As he squiggled with his marker, his total body was moving and swaying — not just his writing arm — so his whole body and soul were involved in the process. The pen barely left the surface of the paper for a breath.
It was then our turn to learn how to let go of our constructed intellects to allow for the threads of thought to take us in new directions, on different paths. It’s no easy task. We are so used to fitting our thoughts and lives into boxes, time-frames, stopping at what we perceive as the limits, never going “outside of the box” to more imaginative places.
But, that’s when the “storm” happened. I’d say “storm” is an appropriate word for it, too. Within the next hour, with his guidance to freely associate in the same way he had demonstrated, the group of 25 suddenly became more intimate with one another, feeling unencumbered, uninhibited, to express themselves without concern of the others’ opinions. They came not knowing who would be there, and perhaps knowing just a few or none at all, but the energy glowing from the group was in bright unison until the very end.
For the last half-hour, each person stood and read their words written within a five minute time limit, using the words we had freely associated both together and alone. Each created a unique image, yet we found that many had taken some of the same threads, the same paths. I was surprised how many ended their prose with “death.”
I ended mine with “desire”:
A la prochaine…
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The Imaginative Storm Whispered Desire
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