Manifesting 4

4. Write for yourself.
You are the audience. Write what you want to read.
If you have bad taste, so be it. This is not the point to worry about it. Worry about your bad taste as you select reading material, as you watch TV, as you talk to your friends. When you are writing, it’s already too late for that concern.
Because you are writing what you want to read, writing is all about desire. (Keats: “with a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates every other consideration.”)

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About lightseydarst

Originally from Tallahassee, Lightsey Darst writes, dances, writes about dance, and teaches in Minneapolis. Her book Find the Girl was published by Coffee House Press in April 2010, and her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also hosts the writing salon “The Works”.
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One Response to Manifesting 4

  1. eireann says:

    Barthes on writing’s relationship to (/as a trace of) desire would also work with what you’re saying here. In A Lover’s Discourse.

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