Sunday, May 18, 2008

Invoking the Muse

"When that time comes, I try to be alone and silent for several hours; I need a lot of time to rid my mind of the noise outside and to cleanse my memory of life's confusion.

I light candles to summon the muses and guardian spirits. I place flowers on my desk to intimidate tedium and the complete works of Pablo Neruda beneath the computer with the hope they will inspire me by osmosis.

 If computers can be infected with a virus there's no reason why they shouldn't be refreshed by a breath of poetry. In a secret ceremony I prepare my mind and soul to receive the first sentence in a trance, so the door may open slightly and allow me to peer through and perceive the hazy outlines of the story waiting for me." - - - Isobel Allende

How do you Invoke the Muse??

"The Tao of Life"by Susan Schanerman                            

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan-- I invoke the muse by walking through the Enchanted Forest of Avondale Estates-- preferably on a gorgeous morning in May like today's!

Patrice Dickey