Much of my belief in a shared, material imagination has to do with my belief in ghosts and a hope and horror that they really do exist.Even though I know that Notley speaks her poem, wherever she does, to a room full of poets, telling them that she has waited to be with them, and now she is, reading her poem, at a real poetry reading.
Even though the first supernatural experiences are not known, they created worldwide talk to present time about spirits and hauntings.
It is a common occurrence that people have some sort of experience that they can not explain, and these experiences make for a great story likely to be told to everyone around them.
When we read poems, what is important about reading them, is what we create within the brains of others.
This is what makes the possibility of a world past this one possible.
My whole life, I had an inkling that there were things like ghosts and that maybe some people were able to actually see them.
But up until a few summers ago, I had never actually seen a ghost.
Maybe that person feels watched upon or feel some kind of presence in their home, or even sees shadows moving their way through rooms.
Different people around the world have their own opinions based on religion and experiences when talking about angels, demons, and the spirits that have life after death.
Is it a place that you go in your mind to create new ideas freely? This kind of talk sometimes makes people feel that if they don’t have immediate access to this single place, they can’t engage in imaginative thinking, which disempowers infinite possible new ways of seeing the world.
Everyone has their own imaginative landscapes, populated with very particular experiences, and when people open the door and let us into those places—through poetry, other forms of art, and other new invention—it helps each of us connect with our own imaginations.