Feldwick on Poetry & Planning

Posted by on Mar 9, 2007 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments


Paul F was my boss many years ago when I first started. A lovely man, with a wicked sense of humour and a brain the size of a small star. Paul taught me many things, not least to refuse to accept ideas and jargon just because other folk did (however big and experienced they are).

Listening to him last night, reading and talking about his passion for poetry and how a bit more of both might influence what we do for a living (or at least how we think about it and thus approach it), I was struck by his quiet, deep and self-effacing wisdom. A lot of familiar ground appeared fresh and new – as if illuminated by a different light: creativity, ambivalence and the relative importance of originality and authorship all got recast.

Not sure what I really think on any of these now; nor do I think it’s important to recite new insights (so I won’t be waiting for Umberto’s sleep-given sense-making). I think what I learned was to listen more – to listen to wise folk, whatever they are talking about.

Odd post to start the day, but hey ho…


  1. dushan
    March 9, 2007

    So how do find out who actually is wise and who just pretends to be?
    (Found your blog via gapingvoid.com. Looks good!)

  2. Mark Earls
    March 9, 2007

    Good question.
    I think we know…don;’t we?

  3. Charles Edward Frith
    March 9, 2007

    Paul Feldwick was the best planning speaker I ever saw. A very memorable couple of days in Singapore some years back. Spontaneous enthusiastic applause when we finished up on the second day. The sort usually given by much larger audiences.

  4. Holycow
    March 9, 2007

    Mark – agreed – totally inspiring afternoon altogether – enjoyed Mr. Eno as an hors d’oeuvre earlier too!
    So moved was I by Mr. Feldwick’s (he is rather like Obi Wan isn’t he?) ‘Soup’ example that I have spent most of the morning in the creative dept extolling the virtues of poetry in the creative process. It was met with great enthusiasm – not ridicule – so watch this space!!!
    Great to catch up yesterday BTW – and let’s muse on the It’s all gone a bit Prog Rock’ analogy some more. Stay loose.

  5. Mark Earls
    March 9, 2007

    Still waiting for the significance of it all to work its way through my rather dulled Friday mental processes…
    Didn’t mention Enossification experience but it was great.
    As was the chat, Mark. And the tea…
    Let’s do it all again soon.