In my Sunday morning travels, I came across this article in The New Yorker.
It also asks the more direct question, “can it be taught?” and since no one has ever (really) successfully answered this question, there is a belief that all this training and socialization—which never really touches the heart of the imaginative process—is what marks creative-writing programs as “creative.” Academic creative-writing programs are, as McGurl puts it, examples of “the institutionalization of anti-institutionality.”
This article is well worth the read…
And after you have chewed this one over, check out this great reading by Roger McGough at the 1971 Bedford Poetry Bang.
And if you want some more, visit the BBC’s Poetry: Out Loud Page.
After all, it’s Sunday morning… so put down that paper and pick up a poem.