and the blue roof like the sky is not blue. We are
much too big for this room we are not in.
The sky is a fish packed in ice.
Around 1960, a young psychologist names Sarnoff Mednick thought he had identified the essence of creativity. His idea was as simple as it was powerful: creativity is associative memory that works exceptionally well. He made up a test, called the Remove Association Test, which is still often used in studies of creativity.
For an easy example, consider the following three words:
cottage Swiss cake
Can you think of a word that is associated with all three? You probably worked out that the answer is cheese. Now try this:
dive light rocket
This problem is much harder, but it has a unique correct answer, which every speaker of the English language recognizes, altough less than 20% of a sample of students found it within 15 seconds. The answer is sky.
The sky grew plum and gray and rippled like a window curtain. As I made the picture, the scene in my head took over and the cliff turned up flat on me, so the plum-gray sky was standing sentry over to the right….
Eos had just shaken off the wing of carefree sleep and opened the gates of sunrise, leaving the lightbringing couch of Kephalos.
Outside the Hotel Cassiopeia, the moon scribbles white on a dark, moving surface.
the stars are a pale pox on the sky’s dark chicken
That was some morning: clouds scattered
like wisdom teeth in a silvery bowl, the sky
a honeydew with a spoonful missing.
The sky, too, like a delicate dress
streaked with bleach, has been thrown away