“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”
Has anyone read this article? Followed this advice? It seems at first odd, but the focus on rejections seems to take the sting out of the submission process, focusing on rejections rather than acceptances. I haven’t done this, but wonder if people have read this or have sage advice on rejections.
“How much better it seems now than when it is finally done.”
– Dana Gioia
What do you think?
A publisher recently asked me what I meant by “beat.”
The word beat comes from “beat” as in music. The beat poets often performed in conjunction with instruments. “Beat” also means defeated and “beat” as in beatify means to make blessed. What do you think beat poetry means?
“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“The third war was for the words: written, spoken, whispered.” Holly Karapetkova
I wonder how often we fight over words. Politicians and lawyers argue over the words used in laws that will determine inhibitions to our behaviour. And what of the privileged language? The one that is used, say English, over others, where not everyone speaks the privileged language. And what about dialects within that privileged language. The British caste system of upper middle class dialect versus cockney.
What do you think about the war of words?