HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – JAN. 10, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: ARTISTS
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Pastor Brian Merritt
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original. Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929), and the films Blood of a Poet (1930), Les Parents Terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (1949). During his life Cocteau was associated with both the Parisian Avant-Garde and the surrealists.
Today’s Action: Take Cocteau’s poem Awakenings and rewrite it for yourself. Take words, phrases or thoughts and write your own poem from his start.
Grave mouths of lions
Sinuous smiling of young crocodiles
Along the river’s water conveying millions
Isles of spice
How lovely he is, the son
Of the widowed queen
And the sailor
The handsome sailor abandons a siren,
Her widow’s lament at the south of the islet
It’s Diana of the barracks yard
Too short a dream
Dawn and lanterns barely extinguished
We are awakening
A tattered fanfare
Sharing: How does it feel to use the poem of another to create? Does it feel invigorating, weird or fun? we would love to hear your feelings. You can share them with us at the Holy Heretic Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.
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