The Enemy Of Art.

October 21, 2008 at 6:48 pm | Posted in blogging, poetry, prosepoemthingy, writing | 14 Comments
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Complacency, the enemy of art, he said, especially among the smug, buttoning his belt while unbuttoning his tongue. You fools think you can steal from me and then parade yourselves in stolen clothes as though some mere mockery of me? My paranoia is not so much of Edward Lear nor King but more Othello. And turns.

must you forever play Iago, Squires, why not something far more subtle. Because, sir, in the olden days there was no amplification beyond the human voice and now every voice is equally electrically enhanced, so it will become again a game of shouts and whispers and occasional masterly asides through barely disguised musichall moustachios, I tells ya,

them sails are low boys, now suck in air
and blow,

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  1. ‘Many might try to parade in stolen clothes but it is more often than not an ill-fitting suit. There is nothing more off-putting than a prance in second hand underwear, which is revealed as the faintest breeze lifts the moth-eaten mink stole,’ she says, with one eyebrow raised skyward.

  2. at least the character si motivated

  3. another challenging, creative and ultimately smiling, winking slapsticky bit of verbal aerobatics…

    and, as i always say, if you’re going to steal, steal from someone who wrote 400 to 5000 years ago… nobody reads those guys anymore… do they…?

    peace!

  4. “Unbuttoning his tongue”… Prodigious dear Paul.
    And clever words in sight, as for the now cooking-pot, full of “stolen clothes”. Enjoy the meal!

  5. “Because, sir, in the olden days there was no amplification beyond the human voice and now every voice is equally electrically enhanced,”

    So true. Another one of those succinct and condensed pieces which pack in a huge punch.

  6. that is delicious, presuming there would be enuff exposure to great art for anyone to copy anything/in art school we are taught certain skills by copying, sent into museums to sit before a work and duplicate it for the purpose of learning how to see, not to become that or claim it
    then the best course to abandon and/or assimilate what you learn in developing your vision a kind of apprenticeship in a lineage

  7. cannot help but to think of an ol dylan song… ballad of a thin man… it’s a simple name mr jones…

  8. “buttoning his belt while unbuttoning his tongue.”
    —Oy! you made me real envious with this word play, why didnt I think of this?

    ” You fools think you can steal from me and then parade yourselves in stolen clothes as though some mere mockery of me?”
    —Shoot!! how did you know? thought I looked good in clothes that hang loose like a Sack.

    This last one is an Absolute Truth(bowing before the modern Buddha)-
    ” in the olden days there was no amplification beyond the human voice and now every voice is equally electrically enhanced,”
    —I love the olden days, there was so much enjoyed in its silence. Now, how I know that? I have no clue.

  9. Clever, imaginative…but if I may add my two cents- I think the real enemy of art is the desire to make a living as an artist (and maybe blogging).

  10. Thanks everybody, I appreciate the feedback. Mark this one a study in ‘o’ sounds.

  11. Wow. It challenges me to put forward only my very best work, and to try to be at least a little aware of whether someone just said it better. Thanks, Paul.

  12. o k o-thell-o iag-o

    he is such a very vile villanious villain, iago. cunning too he manipulted othello right into his clever trap

    and who else is trapped? iago of course.

    i never could find or understand his motive which is what made him most eeevil to me

  13. I AM complacency amplified … my jet-lagged writing these days screams lazy, lazy, lazy … tinged with bits of “what the hell is she talking about?”

  14. So many things at the back of the memory. This is one worth putting at the front. Excellent work, excellent thought, excellent pinpoint of view. Thank you to whoever it was that googled ‘enemy of art’ and put this one at the top – I owe you a drink.


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