Photo by Art Wolfe

Like all poems, I tend to re-read them over and over again, in hopes of understanding it or finding its true meaning. As I read the poem, “To Converse With The Greats” by Vera Pavlova, I am stunned as I can not grasp the meaning of the poem. And though I have yet to understand the poem, I have learned to appreciate poetry because it allows the reader to interpret the poem in their own unique way. My key takeaway from the poem is that for someone who wants to understand something, there is no better way for them to learn than gaining that experience themselves.

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Photo by Art Wolfe

As I listened to how Hiroyuki Doi got started in his art career, it really got me thinking. Why did he decide to draw circles? Is there any significance to Doi’s art being untitled? How does Doi cope with the death of his brother through drawing circles. Personally, whenever I deal with stress, anger, or sadness, my coping mechanism is too clean. I would usually mop the floors, wash dishes, fold clothes, or tidy up my room. Something about this process is very soothing to me and helps me feel more at center. I think that maybe Doi had the same feeling of calmness when he drew those circles to help him feel okay again.

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