Thursday April 18th , 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Art Center in Denton.
Each month we offer a prompt to prime our poetic pumps.
April Prompt: Fool
The Fool speaks aloud hard truths that might cause trouble if anyone else told them. She gets away with veracity because s is perceived as being foolish and therefore harmless. We listen when she speaks openly of situations we prefer to deny, because she is entertaining in her difference. Besides she is a misfit and cannot be held fully responsible. The fool plays and everybody believes that play is not serious; she can address the difficult, controversial issues in play all around them. No one is more subversive than the Fool.
The Fool’s way of teaching, sometimes known as “crazy wisdom,” runs counter to a culture’s mores, morals, and ideals. By turning society’s expectations upside down he brings the reality of what is, into clearer focus. He speaks in parables and paradoxes, we struggle to understand. But, sooner or later we experience an epiphany and when the dust clears we find ourselves wiser.