“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

4.16.2008

Published poets & pavement


I really think this is just incredible. For a couple of years I've been noticing how beautiful cracked pavement is after it's been rained on & has partially dried - it has a softness & fluidity & sensuousness totally at odds with the material. I mentioned this once when talking to Paula, and she said - see? You're an artist! I'd been doing my usual complaining/worrying/agonizing about being an artist, saying I'm an artist, telling other people I'm an artist, which was just making her laugh, because she's always thought I was. An artist, I mean. I always think of that line by Bruce Springsteen - "And the poets down here don't write nothin' at all; they just stand back & let it all be". Are you an artist just because you ARE?

The ever-wonderful Michael once ran into this woman whose business card read "Published Poet." We've laughed about that for years. Did she believe that she was only a poet because she'd been published or was it just (as I believe it was) a bit of vanity? Is it possible to be a poet by virtue of just writing, or can you be a real poet just because (as Springsteen says) you are? Is the poetry itself necessary?

Because artists never actually retire, do they? I mean, it's not like a 9 to 5 job with benefits (would that it were!) & a compulsory retirement age. You just go on being an artist until you don't or can't. You don't say "Whew - NOW  I can have some fun - where's the Winnebago? - Branson, here I come". You just keep on being an artist. Don't you?

6 comments:

  1. I love how you enhance your photos. How do you get them to glow? I thnk I am missing something in photo shop!!!
    Funny, I was just thinking last night that as an artist, I really won't have a retirement, won't have money either, but since the structure isn't built in to teh field... I was actually (here's my ego) pitying people who work on so they can retire. To me that seems very sad.

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  2. Michelle - Oddly enough, this is a pretty straight shot with no enhancement other than a little color correction. I'll email you how I "glow" up the others.

    Thanks!
    Debi (SKJ)

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  3. You know how hard it is for me to call myself an "artist" as well but I think you hit it right on the head. Artists are who we are, it's just a natural part of us. I know people who can't envision things and I don't understand how that can be, because it just comes naturally to us. One more week! Is it here yet? Getting antsy! Love to the beautiful artist that you are!

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  4. I like the "Published Poet" just like your "microwave icecream" thing. They really make me laugh and happy.

    I like one of my friends said about being an artist and put here for your references:

    "I would like to say that I create art to move you. The truth is that I have to create art or I will fall away into some kind of insane oblivion, some unbearable existence I would unlikely survive.

    I have a need to know myself, both good and bad, and I discovered early that I know myself by what I create and by what I destroy. I would still like to move you but that does not an artist make."

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  5. Christy & Lily - Thanks for the responses. Lily - I really like your friend's line about "I would like to move you, but that does not an artist make". Art is really a pretty selfish endeavor, which is okay with me - I do it for me & I LOVE it when others ARE moved & like it, but it's not required. So I really need to accept that (cause I really do feel that way) & just stop WORRYING so much! My old friend, anxiety!

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  6. I love this. It makes me want to step up and claim it. Claim all the things I've been waiting to claim till someone else put their stamp of approval on me. I love this.


    One more thought. Bet she was self-published.

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