Small Acts of Poetic Thinking
Our discussions in this class have focused on work that has been given a distinguished position in society and in our lives by virtue of the epithet ‘art’ (I mean this only in a descriptive sense—that we do, in fact, treat these works differently than most of the creations we encounter in everyday life). While this is hardly surprising, I suspect many of us also believe that Poetic Thinking can be encountered in the more routine and mundane aspects of our lives—and, more to the point, that it must be possible to be intentional about incorporating Poetic Thinking into our everyday lives in these smaller ways.
Correspondingly, I’ve been pondering what such activity might look like. The best example I’ve been able to produce is our constant potential to invent words. I don’t mean to suggest that Poetic Thinking provides us with an excuse for making our ideas incomprehensible to others, but rather that it often proves possible to construct neologisms that convey their meaning in a relatively clear way. For instance, we might use the word ‘greety’ to describe someone who eagerly greets all newcomers to a conversation, or ‘malphoria’ to describe someone whose bearing is bleak or gloomy. Surely there are better (and more adventurous) examples, but I’m having a hard time thinking of them in the absence of a notion that I’m finding it difficult to convey. But where else might we encounter—or even try to cultivate—such small acts of Poetic Thinking (especially once this class has concluded)?