The Prompter Room

For Tuesday, February 7, 2017:


Look into yourself, reader, for you must find Art there, if at all … Art is not something which may or may not be acquired, it is something which you are not or which you are.  If a thorough search of yourself fails to reveal the presence of this something, you may be perfectly sure that no amount of striving, academic or otherwise, can bring it into your life.  But if you are this something – then, gentle reader, no amount of discrimination and misapprehension can possibly prevent you from becoming an Artist.  To be sure, you will not encounter ‘success,’ but you will experience what is a thousand times sweeter than ‘success.’  You will know that when all’s said and done (and the very biggest Butter Baron has bought the very last and least Velasquez) ‘to become an Artist’ means nothing: whereas to become alive, or one’s self, means everything.

E. E. Cummings: ‘The Agony of the Artist (with a capital A),’ A MISCELLANY REVISED


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