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I don’t see nothin wrong with a little bump and grind.

September 22, 2010 \pm\30 12:47 pm

Your nutritionist tells you she thinks that self-torture may catalyze good art and that’s why so many creative types torture themselves.

She shouldn’t be telling you this.

Intellectually, you abandoned the glorification of self-torture for the sake of art a while ago. There are Plaths and Sextons, but there are also Elaine Equi-types (many many!) who live long, make great art, and are of service to others.  

Intellectually, you do not romanticize the starving artist.

But sometimes you wonder if you’re biologically wired for self-torture like you’re wired to write poetry?

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5 Comments
  1. September 22, 2010 \pm\30 1:55 pm 1:55 pm

    LOVE this.
    I have wondered if I must be miserable to write poetry. lol. I never feel like writing when I’m truly happy (and busy)

  2. September 23, 2010 \am\30 11:30 am 11:30 am

    good one, melissa, been thinking a lot about it since i read it last night. i like self-destructive people because i feel like they are being honest (who doesn’t feel like smacking themselves in the face once in a while?) and also society and whatever puts so much pressure on you to be ‘better’ and stay young and etc. which i think all boils down to fear of death. but then i feel sorry for us too, that we can’t just be happy without wanting to do something we know will eventually cause us pain? is this all related to the good art, the good poetry? maybe only in the sense that balanced or representative things are usually better, like a funny poem that stabs you in the heart, right? universal or something. i am rambling now. ok stop.

  3. creatrixx permalink
    September 25, 2010 \pm\30 10:24 pm 10:24 pm

    could suffering simply be more interesting than happiness?

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