It’s worth listening to this T.E.D. lecture by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s just to hear her talk about Ruth Stone. As a child, this American poet remembers being chased by poems that barreled across the fields. Sometimes, she caught one by the tail, while others she reached her pencil too late and heard the poem thunder on to find another poet.
There’s so much more to Gilbert’s exploration of creative mystery and how she believes rethinking the creative process can help free us from being paralyzed by anguish and fear .