Today I invite you to dabble your ink-stained fingers in the streams of poetic magic.
Magical Realism is an aesthetic style or genre of fiction in which magical elements blend with the real world. The story explains these magical elements as real occurrences, presented in a straightforward manner that places the "real" and the "fantastic" in the same stream of thought.
Professor of Japanese Studies, and author, Matthew Strecher defines magic realism as "...what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe."
Taking the seminal work of the style, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, the reader must let go of pre-existing ties to conventional exposition, plot advancement, linear time structure, scientific reason to strive for a state of heightened awareness of life's connectedness or hidden meanings.
The information shared was sourced from Wikipedia. Follow the link for the detailed explanation, but in layman's terms, Magical Realism makes the ordinary seem magical and/or the supernatural seem commonplace. I have chosen these pictures as examples of the genre in art or photography, but this is not a picture prompt, so you do not have to use one for your own writing. A Google image search opens Pandora's box, or feel free to write from your own magical heart.
One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.