“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.
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?”
What a treat to have my micro piece “Elephants and Dolphins” see the light of day at Microfiction Monday Magazine. You can read the piece here: https://microfictionmondaymagazine.com
I am delighted that my poem “Something illegal” is in the latest edition of KYSO Flash. You can read it here: http://www.kysoflash.com/Issue11/MarksIllegal.aspx
I am very pleased to report that I am now a member of the Board of Directors for Literacy Link South Central, a non-profit that works, under the aegis of Employment Ontario, to provide literacy skills (numeracy and alphabet) to residents of the Brant, Norfolk, Haldimand, Elgin, Middlesex, Brantford and London municipalities. It is an honor to be a part of this tremendously important project.
I am very grateful for the timing of this poem’s appearance. Yesterday it snowed in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, California and over in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yesterday a story appeared about polar bears raiding a rubbish dump in Novaya Zemlya, Siberia because of poor sea ice.
I am one of those folks that write poems in response to things going on around me, so it is especially pleasing when I feel like the timing of a poem’s appearance is just right. Thank you, As It Ought To Be for featuring what I do. I am very appreciative.
“Plus Ten” By Jeremy Nathan Marks
Derelict Magazine is a literary journal which republished pieces which previously appeared in magazines which have gone out of print. They were kind enough to republish my poems “Torrent” and “Don’t Walk” which were published in Morel Magazine in January 2017. Morel, sadly, has since gone out of print.
For any writers who have previously published pieces looking for new homes, I recommend Derelict to you.
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