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Lamont Palmer Male, 52, United States (6/21/2013 7:52:00 PM)

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The 'privilege' of working with words did not save the lives of Sexton, Roethke, Crane, Berryman, and many others (not to mention the poets who were simply mad) . I think a lot of poets have a more complicated relationship with their art than you've laid out Sue, though I'm happy its that fulfilling for you. The 'tortured artist' may be a cliche, (I'd say its a cliche for a pretty solid reason) but I wouldn't be so cavalier as to call it 'silly'. Even Hemingway, that big hunk of manly 'confidence' said 'Writing is easy. Just sit down at your typewriter and open a vein'. Like most art, there are elements to it, either in the creation or the peddling of it, that often makes it a double edged sword. -LP

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  • Lamont Palmer (6/22/2013 9:30:00 AM) Post reply

    I agree with you often Sue. But I cannot agree that the 'tortured artist' is silly or dismssable, particularly in the light of how devalued poets are in America, which is partly responsible for some of that torture. -LP

  • S. A. S. (6/21/2013 8:48:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    LP, If I said you were 100% right, you would still find something to disagree with.

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    • S. A. S. (6/21/2013 9:05:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I've known artists who put their mental health issues on display. Sometimes it's easier to live an " artistic life" rather than take the true risk of being an artist. . I'm not so certa ... more

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