I’ve got a bookcase with an hundred books
that show me how to make a print from scratch.
And each of them will tell me all the steps
I need to take and yet somehow they each
are failures. Not a one of them can tell
me how to get inspired, can tell me what
it is my next design’s supposed to be.
I mean they each of them will either say
you’ve got to start with the design
and carve it once you’ve got it on the block
or talk about the elements of good
design. But how is that supposed to help?
It isn’t any help. My mind’s a blank.
I know they say that anything will do:
a tree, a bush, a coffee pot, or pills.
And elephants in tutus? That’s been done.
It doesn’t matter what you draw, they say
if they are saying anything at all.
But mostly they are silent when it comes
to giving me advice that really helps.
So what’s the use of knowing all the steps
when I can’t even do the very first?