nobody-but-yourself

A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feelings through words.

This may sound easy. It isn’t.

A lot of people think or believe or know they feel — but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling — not knowing or believing or thinking.

Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.

To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

e.e.cummings

Ichabod Ending

Notebook Ichabod is nearing the end. Serendipitously started on the 1st January 2017, it’s mostly filled with technical notes, stories, garbage, mind maps, schemes and some drawing, but not enough. I’m currently transitioning to two books next, standard and a smaller size in the hope I will carry the smaller one with me more often in an everyday carry type way and feel less inhibited about drawing in public.

Here’s to Notebooks Gilbert and Beto!

📓

“Style is the difference between a circle and how to draw it”

Opening page of Notebook: Ethel

I’m going to be uploading notebooks in a more systematic fashion (with sensitive info deleted obvs). Notebook Ethel is a few years old.

This is before I started using the first page spread as an index for the rest of the book. So the lists here are largely inspirational items and ideas of content capture. There’s not much order and I tend to fill empty spaces with bits of ephemera stuck in and doodles.