I connected with Gwylym early on when I was exploring the merits of Twitter. This young man is an incredible artist who sculpts, paints, and does experimental art pieces. My first exposure to Gwylym, however, was through his poetry. I can’t explain why certain words touch me, but Gwylym’s poetry did, and I looked forward to reading one of his poems each day.
It’s quite fitting that Gwylym is showcased as part of “Passion and Compassion” month. In addition to his own work, he’s also leading a collaborative project to aid in the ongoing efforts to rebuild Japan after its devastating earthquake earlier this year. I’m honoured to be part of this international team of artists.
Please welcome the ever-creative mind of Gwylym Owen who describes his blog (Iliterate Poet) as “a scrap yard/warehouse to store his ideas and works in progress.” I can assure you his work neither belongs in a scrap yard nor a warehouse.
I’ve included one of my favorite poems of his, set to images and voice called “Temporal Kings.” Enjoy.
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In Gwylym’s own words
“…I use concepts and language that are familiar to people, but don’t make the mistake of taking my words literally, look for the messages within the messages if there are any, and perhaps there just isn’t. These words were written in auto-mode, straight from the muse, so make of them what you will (mistakes and all).
These ramblings serve no other purpose than, as tools to help me create my art work. They are just thoughts that I have when creating Art or am looking for inspiration to create art through learning. They are tools I use to attract the muse. I usually write them directly in my email, then save them in my drafts, I have so many of them now, that it is easier to use a blog to record them. They are not special knowledge, truth or fact and I don’t claim that they are. They are just a stream of data that my mind created whilst in the learning zone. Mere stepping stones in the creative process….
Out of these ramblings, some rare delicacies do turn up sometimes.
Disclaimer – I know that I know nothing!”
Inside Gwylym Owen’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Does perfect happiness exist? Sorry for the politician type answer, but it is an important point: I think that when we are looking for perfection we can become very self criticizing, perfection is an elusive phenomenon and therefore I don’t believe that Happiness and perfection are necessarily compatible.
What turns you on creatively? That one is easy: Mysticism, Science, Mythology, Philosophy and Human rights.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Probably too many to list; I believe that the “words”, are but part of the recipe and the whole becomes more than its constituent parts, so I don’t worry too much about repeating myself. Poetry enables the same word to have different meanings, tone and rhythm can change the feel/mood of the word used in its own context.
What quality do you most admire in a man? That would definitely be: honesty, integrity and intelligence.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? That would definitely be: honesty, integrity and intelligence.
What is your greatest regret? I try not to regret anything, Life is about learning, so the mistakes that I have made in my lifetime, I would hope that I have learnt something from. All of these lessons have made me the person that I am today, therefore I have no regret.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I suppose it would have to be more confidence and less introspection; this is the perfectionist in me speaking – You know . . . the one that I denied in question one ha-ha.
What is your greatest fear? I would say that all of my greatest fears have already manifested in reality already, what else is left to fear?
Which living person do you most admire? I admire anyone who has the qualities mentioned in question four and to further expand on this: People who attempt to live their dreams. I couldn’t narrow it down to one particular person; I am quite a rebel at heart.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Well, I am a poet, Artist and Sculptor; I suppose it would have to be a scientist. There are so many links between Science and art, that it would be a natural progression. Did you know that the Arts World has been responsible for creating many scientific breakthroughs – My friend and distinguished, Philosopher-Scientist (Professor) Dr. Robert Roots-Bernstein has been working tirelessly to illustrate this fact; he has written some excellent essays on creativity/ art/ science that are certainly worth taking a look at.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? That’s assuming that I would want to come back ha-ha. I wouldn’t mind trying out what it feels like to be an inanimate object – a picture frame maybe…
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement so far would have to be survival. My Greatest achievement is yet to manifest, it is in the future, one would hope so anyway.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? That is fairly simple: Falseness, sycophancy and lying.
What is your greatest extravagance? Extravagance? Wait; let me go look that up in the dictionary…Possibly poetry.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? I want to live before I die. I want to experience everything in all of its richness, to breathe and fill my lungs with fresh meadow air, to bath in the sea, to have my eye caught by the glistening of a tiny brightly coloured wildflower, to have my ear’s attention captured by the buzzing of a bumble bee.
What is your present state of mind? My present state of mind: Let’s party!!
What are some of your favorite curse words? All of them.
What is your motto? Your past doesn’t determine your future, though your future determines your past.
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Thank you Gwylym for being so passionate about your art and for the compassion you show in your work. I invite all readers to leave Gwylym a comment or ask him a question.