Sue Austin: Deep Sea Diving...in a wheelchair Please take 10 minutes to watch the above TED talk. A student sent it to me, and at the time I happened to be teaching a workshop called Practice and the Poetics of Play. In a completely different context, this artist summed up through her adventurous and arresting work something quite central to what we were (in our own small way) attempting to explore in the workshop.
What is being explored here is indeed a poetics of play. Perhaps this might inspire each of us to explore a poetics of life and practice that includes play, a poetic imagination, the ability to wonder, and a willingness to think outside of the box. When Thomas Merton writes that the issues of life are not problems so much as mysteries to be entered, we have an amazing opportunity to examine all the ways that we may be limiting ourselves, and each other, by an inflexible imagination.
The poet Kabir asks the following question:
If you don't break your ropes while you are alive, do you think ghosts will do it after?
Clearly the artist in this TED talk has done just that.