Monday, January 20, 2014

On Art and Artists

Musician in the Rain by Robert Doisneau

On Art and Artists
©2014 Susan Noyes Anderson

Never keep your art too safe and warm;
it isn't right.
Abandon it to sleet and hale;
strip it in harsh sunlight.
Ignite in on an open flame.
Pierce it with jagged ice.
Beat it; break it; brand it.
Splay it raw, as sacrifice.
Seize pen or chisel, brush or bow,
but let creation be.
Art cannot move or breathe until
the artist sets it free.

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26 comments:

Karen S. said...

Splay it raw, lovely, vivid words that please my soul. Or maybe it's the charming tune? Enjoy your week Sue.

Janet Martin said...

one of my fav's! love, love the way it ends:)

Leovi said...

Very nice poem on the art, artist and creation!

yaya said...

I have a hard time letting people read something I wrote..prose or poetry because it's exposing a special part of myself that I'm not sure I want criticized! Except my blog posts..but that's not really art! But I do understand the hesitation to set ones art free. Maybe that's what sets the true artist apart from the rest of the population. The willingness to take the risk.

Brian Miller said...

i def like my art a bit raw and all over the place, thrown up against the wall and wild....smiles....ha...i like...

humbird said...

Yes, art has to be connected with life. Great!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful, Sue! I also enjoyed listening to Cat Stevens sing--one of my favorites from back in the day. :)

Karen Mortensen said...

Beautiful as always.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Love. :)

Pondside said...

Wow - that would take courage! I like the last line very much. Glad to see your posts popping up again!

EG CameraGirl said...

Interesting though that "Art cannot move or breathe until the artist sets it free." Something to ponder!

Granny Sue said...

Well said, my friend, and you live your words.

Other Mary said...

Yes - that's the way to do are! Brilliant Sue!

Amy said...

It isn't really true art if it doesn't have a piece of the artist captured inside, is it? Some of that true or raw emotion. Much like your poetry! Stunning as always.

Helena said...

Said with a true artist's heart! A magical poem, Sue!

Helen said...

As a lifelong musician .... I could never have said it better! Great write, Sue.

Kutamun said...

Too true, Sue , the modern new age propensity towards " white light only " , unwittingly serves to make the darkness unimaginably powerful , and the evidence is around us for all to see.....its scary , but it must be dealt with , ha ha , the world according to Kutamun

Sue J said...

I really enjoyed this. It made me smile. Thanks.

Friko said...

Setting art free, an unusual thought.

LeAnn said...

This one was special in more than one way. I love your creation on this one.
Blessings for this beautiful one!

Amrit Sinha said...

"Art cannot move or breathe until
the artist sets it free." - this is just so true ... wow :-)

Stef said...

Love this. So true to what really happens.

Karen Sue said...

Art, yes, and I'm discovering kids are much the same!!

Lyn said...

Absolutely, never keep your art safe...and what a bonus, hearing Cat!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is truly how to add dimensions to your work.

karen said...

Great art always has a piece of the artist infused into it somewhere. Sometimes it isn't pretty, but other times it can make your spirit soar - especially when you can relate to the message. We all like to feel connected - even when it isn't pretty. Thanks for making the time to come see us in the city - we had a great evening!

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