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Alma Thomas on Creativity

“Creative art is for all time and is therefore independent of time. It is of all ages, of every land, and if by this we mean the creative spirit in man which produces a picture or a statue is common to the whole civilized world, independent of age, race and nationality; the statement may stand unchallenged.”

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Suzi Gablik on René Magritte

“Inspiration is the moment when one knows what is happening. In general, we do not know what is happening.”

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I need to reach beyond interior decoration, biography. Art is a way of melting out through one’s skin. “What, who is this about?” is not the essential question. A poem is not about; it is out of and to. Passionate language in movement. The deep structure is always musical, and physical — as breath, as pulse

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To read is not a virtue; but to read well is an art, and an art that only the born reader can acquire.

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No worthy problem is ever solved in the plane of its original conception.

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It took me a long time, and many false starts, to find my way to a project where I felt that same synthesis of subject and psychological state again. And when they come together, the writing itself changes: It doesn’t feel like work, it doesn’t feel like sentences in a holding pattern. It’s just necessity.

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The artist is that person who, embarking upon her task, does not know what to do.

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A writer can choose what he writes, but he can’t choose what he makes live.”

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The question of why a writer can make the words on the page come to felt life in one genre but not another–why the gift of expressiveness is extended here while that of appreciation goes there–this question remains unanswerable. For the reader, it is only necessary that gift there be–the one that makes us feel alive to literature and ourselves when subject, writer, and form are brilliantly matched.

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