Lately, I’ve been mashing up the language of business, poetry, social justice and plumbing. Okay, well, maybe not really plumbing. The only thing I’m taking from that is the idea of “back flow testing” in which you put a pipe upright from a faucet and assure that water pressure is right and that it isn’t spewing from a strange source. Back flow testing is a late stage editing adventure. For a poet, it might be a good idea to attach a test structure to the draft verse and see what “backflow” it might catch.
From the world of business start ups, computer programming and modeling, comes the phrase INNOVATION MINDSET. This involves being able to change perspective, see possibility, be persistent, taking risk and tolerating ambiguity. By suspending disbelief, you can be more imaginative and sustain curiosity about a pursuit.
But, here’s the thing. I understand this as a poet. it’s what makes artists tick and serial entrepreneurs successful. How in the world do you teach it?
That’s exactly what I’m thinking about this summer. I am developing a “curiosity model” to assist students in having a voice about what they encounter in their studies and in their cultural lives. The Curiosity Model is a bridge between something strange and your sustained, revelatory interest in it.