A study by Frank Barron
found that uncreative people choose things which are
clear and orderly while creative people are challenged
by chaos. They make an order out of it which is their
When these three writers encountered catastrophes which
did not match their image of how life was supposed to
be, they used creativity to transform themselves.
I interviewed both Deena Metzger and Elie Wiesel for
my book Undaunted
Spirits – Portraits of Recovery from Trauma but
I knew Anne Sexton best. As her graduate student, I
studied with her from 1973 to 1974 as she careened
In Sexton’s early career, she illustrated how
creativity opens to becoming but toward the end, her
pathological ideas became a closed circuit.