Creativity: three exercises of practical poetry

In thirty years, writer and draftsman François Matton proposes to (re) tie with creativity and "poetic verticality". Here are three that he agreed to comment for us.

Hélène Fresnel

Writer, cartoonist, François Matton has been publishing and exposing for twenty years texts, subtle and aerial drawings. From his diligent practice of Zen meditation, he has kept a peaceful and cheerful relationship to the world. In his latest book, he offers thirty funny, creative exercises, embellished with drawings and intended to give us access to the poetic experience, "the most desirable experience ever"

Psychologies: Where did it come from? idea of ​​this book?

François Matton: "It's difficult to live what I think is the most prized: the poetic experience It's not easy to access these suspended moments during which we feel eternal, where we forget the time, where we are ageless, filled, those times when we have gone beyond the lack, where we are present to what is happening around us.The aesthetic emotion they provide magically places us in the heart What could be more desirable? But I could see that I had the greatest difficulty in being in tune with this aspiration and I deduced that I was missing a certain number of keys. I observed on a daily basis what kept me away from this experience and what favored it.

Everything in life can seem flat, even overwhelming, when we are not open to poetry. if it is unfortunately impossible to summon it at will (it would be too good), I believe on the other hand, it is in our power to develop an attitude that promotes its emergence. A number of "pointers" are at our disposal to bring us back to poetic verticality. I had fun in this book identifying some of those who work best for me and share them with humor (self-laughter is often more liberating than a yoga session). "

it a method close to personal development?

François Matton: "These are not exercises of well-being or personal development exercises that are often reduced to just make up a little inside the prison, without opening the door. My exercises are much more radical. They invite first to stop, then to shut up, finally to disappear. Yes, disappear. Being nobody is the possibility of being everything: what a joy! This is something I learned from my drawing practice: as long as we do not forget ourselves and our concerns, we do not see anything, we are blind. To see well, you must first drop the weapons.It is the same with the poetic experience: for it to be revealed, it is necessary to disappear, to dissolve, to become transparent. To be fully present, paradoxically, you have to be absent. It's a curious enigma. "

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