Lewis Hyde On Invocation

FC147009-E33E-4664-A38A-F8C5D28F575ALewis Hyde (1945 -)

An essential portion of any artist’s labor is not creation so much as invocation. Part of the work cannot be made, it must be received; and we cannot have this gift except, perhaps, by supplication, by courting, by creating within ourselves that ‘begging bowl’ to which the gift is drawn.