Aesthetic Inclinations

19 February 2014 in Heather

In the spirit of Wallace Stevens, I have thirteen ways of looking at beautiful.

1. Complexity is most intriguing when it juxtaposes the simple.

2. I prefer solving mysteries to being lectured by the head detective.

3. I prefer a child’s intuitive wisdom to the academic’s schooled analysis.

4. I prefer the kaleidoscope to the periscope.

5. I prefer abstraction (in art, music, dance, or theatre) that jests and riddles and plays.

6. I leave emotion at the door: form, color, texture, and dynamic are each enough.

7. I often prefer the Components to the composite Greater Meaning.

8. I prefer a cross-pollination of genres to absolutes.

9. I prefer prose that is poetic.

10. I prefer a suggestion of narrative to the straightjacket of a specific story.

11. I prefer the myth or the fairy tale to the instruction manual.

12. I prefer performance that demonstrates physicality and risks taking detours.

13. And with a prejudice for strange imperfections, I prefer puppets over prima ballerinas.