Watch Tamsin Smith's poetry talk at the Aspen Institute's Action Forum. Aspen Institute : Leadership in Action "In the presence of Great Art, there are no innocent bystanders".
The emotions - love, mirth, the heroic, wonder, tranquility, fear, anger, sorrow, disgust - are in the audience. John Cage - composer, music theorist, artist, writer, disruptor It took John Cage’s 4’33” of non-action at the piano to illustrate that silence isn’t what we thought, nor is music. His gift was the experience of listening to the sounds of our own heartbeats and confusion. Robert Rauschenberg’s seemingly empty White Painting panels make us question the border between creativity and reality, the intentional and the actual, perception and authorship, outrage and insight. And then there is verse. Great poems pry us open in the most subtle, delicious, disarming, and discerning ways. Beyond digital revolutions and innovation economics; Art can be a most effective agent of disruption. (Click "Read More")
How shall the heart be reconciled to its feast of losses? - exerpt Stanley Kunitz’s poem “The Layers” Poetry is the ultimate stealth weapon. All that white space appears so unassuming, so accomodating, so gently inviting. Yet one simple line can pierce and lodge itself deep inside the human command center, sending the whole operating system into chaos. But, what beautiful chaos. What a profound regenerative reminder that our truths are never really lost. It’s just that we -- over time -- bury what we know beneath layers of negation, confusion, ambition, or despair. (Click "Read More")
The word “errant” in modern times connotes delinquency, a straying from the proper path or program. Romping through history, however, “errant” in its archaic form suggests a wanderlust driven by the search for adventure. Did gallant curiosity become deviant somewhere along the way? And what of “curiosity” itself -- does the word signify the same thing to all souls in time and space? (Click "Read More")