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With “COVID Dreams,” Seattle Writer Jacqueline Ware Awakens the Genius Within

by Beverly Aarons


What is genius? Most people would say a naturally or exceptionally talented individual is in fact a genius. But the word genius was originally used to describe a guiding spirit that resided within each human being. It was believed by the Romans that every person was born with a ‘genius.’ So if you created some great work of art it could be said that your ‘genius’ was the source of this artistic creation. But at some point, people began to believe that only some people had ‘genius.’ When I spoke with Seattle-based poet and playwright Jacqueline Ware about her two plays — Madison Park Bench and COVID Dreams — I couldn’t help but remember this old definition of genius. You see, for a long time this talented writer could only see the genius in others. She watched others write poetry and perform their work, and she believed she could never be as good as them. But then something happened — she changed. 

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