Who is the Author of my Poems? Art Practice Based PhD Exploring Knowledge Gained in the Process of Creativity

By Gil Dekel.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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It is a prevailing assumption that poetry is closely linked to the times in which it is created, and that the poet is influenced by his surroundings. For example, the English Romantic poetry is seen as a direct result of the French and American revolutions. (Ackroyd, 2006). However, this assumption does not explain the observation that poetry is being written in ancient times as well as in modern times; in times of great wars as well as times of tranquillity; in crowded cities or in remote unpopulated countryside. Since poets have been writing within varied historical times, societies and even contradictory situations, it could be argued that these factors influence and shape the content of the poem, but do not bring about the impetuous to create, as Ellrodt (2000: v) notes. Creativity, I would argue, is not ‘sparked’ by any of the above factors, but rather by a different mode of activity coming from a mysterious source of knowledge that arguably cannot be seen or measured, thus requires an exploration. In this paper I would like to approach the source of creativity using a reflective account, in the hope to contribute some insights regarding the work of an artist within academic context. I will focus on my artistic output as a visionary poet, exemplified through poetry in video arts that are created as part of my PhD research. The paper will approach there element in the poetic creative process: Word, Writing, and Poet.

Keywords: Visionary Poetry, Knowledge, Inspiration, Insight, Observation, Experience, Balance, Reflection, Critic

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.113-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.844MB).

Dr. Gil Dekel

PhD student, School of Art, Design and Media, Portsmouth University, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

Gil Dekel was born and raised in Israel, and lived in Greece and The Caribbean, before embarking on a research at Portsmouth University, UK, exploring the creative process of poetry-making. Gil is a Reiki Master, visionary poet, graphic designer and filmmaker. His films and visual poetry are shown around the world (watch online youtube.com/gldek), and aim at exploring the correlation between artistic creativity and scientific/psychology understandings. Gil describes his field as “psychopoetry” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopoetry]. Gil’s experiments in automatic-speech, together with wife and researcher Natalie, seek to inquire the stages of poetic creativity where an Idea is seemingly noticed through a Feeling, turns to meaning through Reflection, and then undergoes Choice of Words, which become a poem.

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