As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?
For me creativity is a certain state of consciousness; a kind of receptive mode in which I am able to just step aside and let it happen. It’s more of an “allowing” than a “making.” I think this is true whether I am teaching in the classroom, or writing (philosophy or poetry). There’s a certain spontaneity and vibrancy to it.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I’m very fortunate because I’ve been doing what I love to do ever since I was in college (a very long time ago now!), which is to explore the realm of ideas and the inner world of dreams and visions. Actually, I’ve been doing that informally since childhood! So you could say I’ve always done what I love to do. I only recently started to write poetry in a disciplined way, but I would say that’s only an extension of my earlier explorations. It’s just a different part of the territory that I’m exploring now.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
Some of the poems I’ve written have come sort of like instant downloads: all of a sudden they’re just there, and I pretty much just write them down. Maybe change a word or a phrasing here or there, but that’s pretty much it.
People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?
I walk a few miles in the park every day, and a lot of things come to me on those walks. Being outdoors, in nature, and moving my body seems to be a way to open to the creative.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
If I’m too preoccupied with outer events, and I don’t make time to go inside myself, I suffer. I’m miserable. So I know I have to do it. Fish gotta swim!
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
Get your ego out of the way and just let things happen. It’s there and it wants to come through; trust it. As far as submitting goes, my attitude is that the work will find its proper audience, even if that is only me. I don’t mind rejections at all. They give me an opportunity to reassess the work. Sometimes I do revise things, and it makes them better pieces.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
I will continue to write and teach (philosophy), as this is what I enjoy doing.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Joseph M. Felser, Ph.D. received his doctorate in philosophy from The University of Chicago. He is is on the faculty at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY in Brooklyn, New York, where he has taught since 1997. The author of numerous published articles and reviews, as well as two books, The Way Back to Paradise (2004) and The Myth of the Great Ending (2011), he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia. He recently began writing poetry, which has appeared in both print and online journals, including Whatever Our Souls, Wildflower Muse, Ordinary Madness, Joey and the Black Boots ReBoot, Red Wolf Journal, and The Mystic Blue Review.
Read Joseph’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“Silent Night” — p. 22
“Twisted” — p. 27
“404 Not Found” — p. 59
“Werewolves Of Brooklyn” — p. 86
“I Let You In” — p. 88