Give yourself the space of 20 minutes to watch this TED lecture from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love.
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
In her discussion, she describes the creative process for poet Ruth Stone. Without saying too much, as someone who studied with Ruth years ago, the description of how a poem moves through her is pretty accurate.
Lastly, I’m a huge fan of the TED series. In a fit of sleeplessness, I was able to watch the lecture on my iPhone because there’s a handy little TED app now available. Very cool.