3 reasons why we should appreciate more art


Art is like being able to project our most inner self, hidden parts of our mind and heart we might’ve forgotten that exist and they appear to remind us to feel again, to recognize our human and empathetic nature. Art doesn’t take sides – it’s a guidance to different perspectives and modalities of human existence and behavior.

When an interviewer asked Marina Abramovic: “How do you know you are artist?”, she said: “Art is like breathing, you simply have to do it, in order to feel and stay alive”. So, there is an ingrained need to create, to contribute to the world using your own tools, language and ways of expressions. That need is larger than the artist himself, larger than the need to get recognition or reward. That need translates an experience he’s propelled to share and as itself is sure enough reason for him to sustain his creating.

Artists take risks to be exposed, judged and even scrutinized by the public, but their inner force and drive transcending their emotions and perception of reality through art is a silent message – message that will someone understand. Someone will be touched. Someone will be inspired. Someone will take action. They are not forcing or imposing something on somebody. By being able to dive deep into human hearts and stir emotions, they are able in their own language to show where and why something is not right. And here are my additional three reasons why we should appreciate art even more:

  1. You can’t force people to accept something. Law can regulate to some extent external conditions, but it can’t speak the language of universal human experience. Art can.
  2. Material gains also can satisfy you on the surface. No matter how much money you have, you still can be miserable. It can’t give you meaning and purpose. Art can show you where to search for– in both ways: by appreciating and creating your own art – like writing and poetry.
  3. Education can help you to understand what and how you might feel towards something, but it doesn’t always hold an answer why. You can’t intellectualize emotions and search for conclusions in chemical reactions and differential equations. Life is much more and art unmercifully shows us that.

When you are confronted to great, meaningful art, it’s hard to stay indifferent. It raises questions in you, provoke your thinking, make you feel uncomfortable – it can make turn your head or page, turn off the light or sound.

But, it will challenge you. It can shake you to your core and you start examining the world that surrounds you.

So in order to improve your creativity and sense different perspectives, expose yourself to art frequently as much as you can.

Create what is meaningful to you – your experience you want to share with the world. It doesn’t matter what medium you use – words, paintbrush or your body. Give your best to tell the world what it needs to know. That’s how change happens. It always starts with us. We are that initial spark, a snowflake that starts an avalanche.

And especially today, I want to encourage my fellow writers that when you write, be open, be bold and tell your untold story: turn even pain and suffering into celebration of life. Your life is your master-piece. Your most beautiful poem you are writing every day. There is nothing to be ashamed of – only to learn and grow.

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Poetic inspiration: Poetry is Art


Reading poetry is rather to ‘feel’ than

understand it. Once we accept that as a fact –

then poem becomes piece of art

we appreciate in a whole

different way.

Maja S. Todorovic

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Why creativity ‘slips through your hands’ and what can you do about it


Probably you do recognize yourself in those moments when you think “Oh, today, I’m just not in the mood for writing! I’ll do it some other time”. And it is no secret that many artists, including poets had that need to ‘induce’ their mood through drugs and alcoholism in order to create. For example:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge that it is regarded as one of the founder of  of the Romantic Movement in England was known for his opium addiction in later creative years;

It’s also widely accepted that Arthur Rimbaud’s long poem “A Season in Hell” was written under the influence of opium too;

French poet Charles Baudelaire declared that only when he’s drunk he is able to write. Similar happened to Dylan Thomas who also battled alcoholism for years.

So there is a globally accepted belief that great art can only be produced in moments of sadness, suffering, depression  or that we need some other consciousness altering stimulants to get us in the fruitful creative mood.

Now, we are all aware of the healing properties of art and  that they can provoke ‘creative miracles’. But I want to take your attention to the other side of creativity: being sad, depressed or even taking drugs and other stimulants is not going to boost your creativity.

Many  creative people do experience intervals of sadness, low self-esteem or self-pity, but most of them became their best creative version once they encountered something different, completely.

Most likely, when you didn’t feel like writing or doing anything else creatively you tried to drown your bad mood in endless cups of coffee and indulge with  too many sweet cookies.

Even if you did force yourself to do something, probably it was superficial, unsatisfactory according to your criteria which can only increase already existing bad emotions: you weren’t aligned with yourself, creating from your heart, with full desire and passion.

In order to access your full creative potential, you need to be satisfied with yourself. I’m not using word happiness on purpose, because in some cases it is seen as overrated and too elusive. But being satisfied with who you are, accepting and loving yourself in this very moment, in this very point of your life attracts your best ideas, it fuels your creative urge. And somehow the circumstances around you seem to align to assist you in your creative venture.

I know, as I speak from my own experience. Whenever I feel stress, anxiety and depression it drags me away from my goals, ideas, my focus and concentration. Then, I first try to check in with my self: why do I feel this way? How can I deal with this emotion? And sometimes I do write something just to expel that bad vibes out my system. But that is not my best creative moment. I see it more like a ‘reset button’, an entrance to my creative self: I’m able to keep my creativity firmly in my hands. it doesn’t slips through my fingers like sand.

You have that power always to access your best creative resources, to fabricate joy in what you do and don’t let outer circumstances influence your creative outlets. I know, it sounds easier said than done, but that can be also practiced. When you feel anxious, when something bothers you – go for a walk, do some exercises, talk to a friend, journal, do what ever you need for you to align with your own true, creative nature: where your values, purpose, passion and creativity become one. You have the ability to design your own happiness – you are in control of your emotions.

So, how do you feel at the pick of your creativity?

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What’s the future of poetry? ~ conclusions from the Belgrade Poetry Festival 2016

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This year I happened to be in Belgrade while traditional poetry ceremony “World Poetry Day(s) 2016” was taking place. This event has been organized by the Belgrade Cultural Center and it was announced that this year’s festival will be dedicated to the relationship between contemporary poetry and society, and the possibility of cooperation of poets, visual artists, and film and theater authors.

Under the name “Republic of Poetry” festival has demonstrated that poetry has once again become an autonomous symbolic territory within which it is possible to develop creative potentials in the wider field of poetry practice.

The festival hosted many diverse participants from around the world like: Jerome Rothenberg, Gerhard Falkner, Maria Grazia Kalandrone, Jaka Zeleznikar, Ursula Kiesling and many others.

Through performances and debates, festival has proven that poetry hasn’t been immune to the phenomenon of globalization and that it is transforming poetry extensively in comparison to previous decades. One of the main conclusions of the festival is that poetry is turning again to experiment, revitalizing thus historical avant garde and neo-avant garde. Poets and artists do have a need for more complex response to  the events we are all exposed to and in order to share their experiences they strive to multimedia expressions combining different resources. As a result, the prevailing poetic practices are transforming under this occurrence. Poets are incorporating some structural elements of other art forms (music, visual arts, theater and dance) while erasing the visible bounders among artistic expressions. Some new literary phenomena are emerging, such as new media poem, which is being created with help of new technologies. Also, the transnational poetic practice can be seen today as one of those emancipatory practices, even though is on the margins of the cultural scene.

Part of festival program was performed on some unconventional locations in Belgrade like clubs, city streets and public transport – with aim to promote more poetry among citizens.

Great focus has been also on discussions about poetry like it’s relations to politics and aesthetics and where is the place of feminism and women’s voices in poetry.

This festival as it tried to answer some questions, it has also opened many new discussions that need to be addressed in the future.

What are your thoughts on future of poetry?

In the Silver Mines

Life in the silver mines nears its end
and soon the time will come
for everyone to take responsibility
for what they didn’t say
the people passing by
touched my cotton shirts
swinging on the line
and my window smashed a thousand times
and Franz Kafka
who sat next to me
in the classroom overlooking the playground
I remember him each time
I fall drunk upon a feather pillow
and put my arms around the fields of grain
swaying in the wind
silently and soundlessly
I will escape people one day
into the forest
that will never become a flooring mill
into the sky
sending rain for eyelashes stuck shut

Zvonko Karanovic


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