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- From: George Town
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Living In Tasmania A State of Australia
I will enter here a prose-poem I wrote at the age of 56, a year after I arrived in Tasmania to begin my retirement and a daily-life devoted to writing. I had spent years as a talker, after a youthful and quiet beginning in my teens as a sports enthusiast and non-talker, a quiet boy. The excessive speech, however spontaneous and irrespressible it may have been in my young and middle adult life, had been a factor in wearing out my edges and driving me into a solitude from which I did not often want to escape. It was in this new found solitude that I developed a predilection for a recurring rhythm, the repetition of a motif, a motif that allowed me to write, at another stage in the gradual evolution of my days. Retirement in 1999 set me on a new course in life and a tremendously productive one.
A MIND LIVELY AND AT EASE
It is said that an artist’s work is the sum total of his experience. The artist does not create from a tabula rasa, but from a rich menu of specific and unspecific experience, grey and vague but also highly and variously coloured. The artist drafts his own destiny as he drafts his music, his art, his sculpture or his poetry, at least in part. And he is never sure, as Stephen Spender puts it, however confident he may be, whether he has misdirected his energy, or whether his poetry is insignificant and irrelevant or great and important. -Ron Price, Pioneering Over Three Epochs, 8 August 2000.
A mind lively and at ease
is a gift of fortune
and gives meaning and value
to perceived experience,1
to the deep and rich satisfaction
of my own writing and to the slow
charting of the progress toward our
destiny, our meaning and our fate.
The unperturbed mind is quickest
and can deal with the vanity of vanities:
life, which we must both accept and reject,
which pierces us with its nonsense and its
strange relations, its unending moments
until that last syllable of our recorded time.
1 Jane Austen, Emma.
8 August 2000
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