auto-bio-graphically speaking IV: Gorgeous Nows

Perhaps the best part of my graphic journaling practice is how it is influencing my experience of the ongoing present. A new awareness of moments big, small and routine is growing. By taking time each day to notate images from my mind’s eye, I am honoring the fleeting beauty of the everyday.

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Emily Dickinson wrote often about the subject of time.

Forever – Is Composed of Nows –

Forever – is composed of Nows –
‘Tis not a different time –
Except for Infiniteness –
And Latitude of Home –

From this – experienced Her
Remove the Dates – to These –
Let Months dissolve in further Months –
And Years – exhale in Years –

Without Debate – or Pause –
Or Celebrated Days –
No different Our Years would be
From Anno Dominies –

by Emily Dickinson

Poetry is another great way of journaling. What would happen if you reflected on one small detail from your day and wrote a very short poem (one to three lines) capturing it’s essence?

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Further reading and inspiration:

 

Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings. Nothing but gorgeous. Dickinson’s late experimental work photographed and reproduced exactly as she wrote it on scraps of envelopes. A never-before-possible glimpse into the process of a great poet.

 

 

 

Baron Fig Confident Sketchbook Journal and Notebook for Thinkers. Aaaah. Is there anything better than a beautiful, chic, serene, NEW notebook?

 

 

 

Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black. Pens are important. VERY important.  Many artists, designers, writers, poets would be lost without their Microns.

Author: Alex Posen

Alex Posen is an artist, writer, designer and veteran creative director. She writes and speaks about creativity, and is available for workshops, private coaching and consulting.