One of my favorite radio (NPR, of course) segments is This I Believe.
Ever since I heard the first installment, an essay by Isabel Allende, I have wanted to write my own this I believe essay, but have not been able to distill my beliefs down into three minutes. One of my core beliefs is that creativity, that being creative, is important in ALL aspects of life whether you’re a business owner, a scientist, a writer or a painter. Creativity is where the ability to solve problems comes from, among other things.
Today I heard an essay by an Affrilachian poet. (don’t you just LOVE that word!?)
Frank X Walker is an assistant professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University. The author of three poetry collections, he was awarded a prestigious Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2005. (which is probably why he writes so well!)
This man stole my essay! He reached right into my heart and grabbed it. At almost every line, I wanted to shout “YES” or maybe “NO.” Instead, I lounged in bed, and let the words flow over me, seeping into my soul.
Here’s a little from my, uh, I mean Frank’s essay:
“I believe that the highest quality of life is full of art and creative expression and that all people deserve it. I believe in a broad definition of what art is and who artists are: Barbers, cooks, auto detailers, janitors and gardeners have as much right to claims of artistry as designers, architects, painters and sculptors.”