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?
Creativity to me is an innate urge to try to make sense of life or, failing that, to at least deal with and even, depending on the theme, celebrate or persevere.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I started at a pretty early age, pre-teen, and there were many influences throughout the arts beyond my early 20s: Joni Mitchell, Sylvia Plath, Chagall, probably even the choreography of Gene Kelly musicals or West Side Story…but now the creative spark, rooted in the osmosis in all of those things, is more an interior openness to a certain spark/gut thump which stirs the impulse.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
The most memorable experience influence-wise is when I saw Monet’s Water Lilies and then Van Gogh’s Starry Night at a museum. As some have a spiritual pilgrimage at a Wailing Wall, I felt something tremendously emotional welling up to the point of quietly overflowing. (I mean I did not make a scene in public!) Personally, a recurrence I have in the midst of working on a piece (even a poem) is a sense that is a mixture of de ja vu and also becoming a conduit for some source much greater than me and my little life.
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 used to require music when doing art, silence while writing… but procrastination up until the point where I feel I will burst, doing a lot of the groundwork in my head, is probably the biggest, most consistent part of my creativity.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
I am not a particularly social animal and find much about our species to be disturbing with what I glean from social media and the news only reinforcing that, so after the day job, my creative time is evenings and then, with luck, larger blocks of time on weekends.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
I think is it OK to not rush into wanting to be noticed/published, even sharing with others right away both… when beginning the creative journey and also while being creative for years. I find that privacy is nourishing and for me, early on, rejection, negative feedback, was detrimental both to the art and the inner gut thump needed to attempt it. Let the art take you on the journey and what branches out to other paths along the way, then, as you get older, you will see rejection is subjective not an insurmountable penalty handed down by the Celestial Godhead.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
With my creativity I hope that the finished piece is satisfied with knowing that I brought the best of what I have within to it. Since I have a day job I don’t have to worry about being creative as a profession to make money so, in five years, given the political situation of both the United States and the globe, I hope the Earth itself is still in good enough shape for us all to find and engage in creativity in whatever form it may take.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
A resident of NY, Stephen Mead is a Outsider published artist, writer, maker of short-collage films and sound-collage downloads. In 2014 he began a webpage to gather links of his poetry being published in such zines as Great Works, Unlikely Stories, Quill & Parchment, etc., in one place: Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead.
For links to his other media and even merchandise if you are interested please feel free to Google Stephen Mead Art.
View Stephen’s Art/Combinación In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“Montage Series (8 Images)” — p. 75