On Imagination

On Imagination

"It is impossible for me to write about the imagination; it is like asking a fish to describe the sea," Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay. With wit and intellectual abandon, Ruefle draws inspiration from Wittgenstein, Shakespeare, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Emily Dickson to explore her subject. The chapbook features original interior illustrations....

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On Imagination Reviews

  • Vincent Scarpa
    “A man taught art at a university. When he came home after work his daughter asked him what he did that day. He said, ‘I taught people how to draw.’ And she said, ‘People forget how to draw?’ Artists are just people who have not forgotten how to draw, by which I mean create....
  • Jim Coughenour
    I imagine that I love Mary Ruefle, and it’s true. I do love her. I love her imagination. I have no opinion on the goat....
  • Mary Anne
    A lovely little book that is large on image and poetic spirit. A book to reread often when the world becomes too little engaged in imagination and its possibilities....
  • Avery Guess
    I love Mary Ruefle's brain. Every time I read something of hers, I feel as though I am more myself, or closer to being that person I want to be. I'm not sure how to explain it, otherwise. "On Imagination" is a fabulous short essay that explores Ruefle's (and other writers) thoughts on what we call t...
  • Deniss
    Estoy muy feliz por haber encontrado (dos veces, además) a Mary Ruefle. Qué grande este libro tan chiquito. Qué ganas de abrazar a la cabra en el ático....
  • Liz Harmer
    breathtaking work....
  • St Fu
    When she talked about the goat, there was only a picture of the grass it ate and I feared and assumed I would reach the end without her drawing it. Of course, I was free to imagine the goat on my own but while reading, I forgot I was allowed to do so. In fact, I admit that even while fearing and ass...
  • Hákon Gunnarsson
    This chapbook contains one essay, Mary Ruelfe's "On Imagination", it's 32 pages, and half them are illustrated. So those looking for a lot for the money spent on a book, probably shouldn't buy this one. That being said, I think it is a beautiful chapbook. The essay is interesting, and thought provok...

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