Thank you to The Local Train

A set of my photos are featured at the newly launched The Local Train magazine. I am grateful to the editors for enabling me to be a part of this new endeavor: https://thelocaltrainmag.wordpress.com/2019/04/21/winter-street-level/

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Thank you, Writers Resist

I am honoured that Writers Resist has two of my poems on their site today.

http://www.writersresist.com/2019/04/18/two-poems-by-jeremy-nathan-marks/

When I work with students in creative writing I like to tell them that poetry, plays, and fiction can be about anything they like. It is a canvas for their imagination and they can use it to delve into areas of the silly and absurd as life often is both. . . among other things.

Anyway, I like to try and practice what I preach, that is, I like to try and put my own work (and myself) out there. This is why I am using my website to share my publications.

Achievement: Perseverance or insight?

“Is achievement an act of perseverance or insight?”

I am trying to help my students understand that making an effort is often what distinguishes a successful and insightful person from the crowd. That being creative, thoughtful, and engaged is a mark of distinction.

I can only speak for the culture in which I live, but I am often struck by how social and popular media push image-as-achievement. In other words, should you craft the right image you have actually accomplished something. Whether that something has any meaning beyond mirroring back to you the appearance you believe you want remains something of a mystery to me. But I think that image construction, while an art in itself, is no substitute from what can actually be accomplished with a sense of creative commitment supported by normative concern and engagement.

 

#DailySocratic

I have been posting a #DailySocratic question on Twitter.

While I realize this a bit gimmicky -and I am not into gimmicks- I thought it might be an interesting exercise to not only come up with a Socratic question each day but to see if the questions might elicit a response from those Twitter users who are interested in the Socratic method and what it can do for the mind, body, and soul.

Today’s question was: “Is excellence a moral achievement or a creative accomplishment?”