Siouxsie's Space

{January 25, 2015}   Quotes from My Bedroom Wall

Since I was 12, I have had this quote from e.e. cummings tacked up on my bulletin board in my bedroom, it was later moved to my bathroom mirror, and then finally taken down and put into my poetry/dream log, as a reminder of what I am striving for.

So far as I am concerned, poetry and every other art was and is and forever will be strictly and distinctly a question of individuality… If poetry is your goal, you’ve got to forget all about punishments and all about rewards and all about self-styled obligations and duties and responsibilities etcetera ad infinitum and remember one thing only: that it’s you – nobody else – who determine your destiny and decide your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else… There’s the artist’s responsibility; and the most awful responsibility on earth.
E E Cummings
i six non-lectures, New York, Atheneum, 1962, 24

I hope it inspires you, too.

Happy writing!



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