I found this very interesting. As I'm feeling less than creative right now, I'm perusing the creativity of others. . .
"I began to play with words then. I was a little obsessed by words of equal value. Picasso was painting my portrait at that time, and he and I used to talk this thing over endlessly. At this time he had just begun on cubism. . . . I took individual words and thought about them until I got their weight and volume complete and put them next to another word, and at this same time I found out very soon that there is no such thing as putting them together without sense. I made innumerable efforts to make words write without sense and found it impossible. Any human being putting down words had to make sense out of them. . . . It should create a satisfaction in the mind of the reader but in the same image as the creation."
- Gertrude Stein (A Transatlantic Interview—1946.) A Primer for the Gradual Understanding of Gertrude Stein. Edited by Robert Bartlett Haas. eratiopostmodernpoetry