Your Art Does Not Define You

Your art does not define you. I have created pieces that no longer resonate with me. I have made arguments in essays that I no longer agree with. I have forgotten the meaning behind some of my poems. I have created something one moment and felt perplexed by it the next. This used to frightenContinue reading “Your Art Does Not Define You”

Are You a Writer?

You could write every day. You could write every other day. You could write once a week. You could write once a month. You could go years without writing. You could have no set schedule for writing. You could stretch out your writing schedule, see how far it bends before breaking. You could pause whileContinue reading “Are You a Writer?”

Someone’s Probably Laughing at Your Art

Yes, someone’s probably laughing at your art. Depending on the size of your audience, there may be multiple people laughing at it. Unless you’re a comedian, this probably doesn’t feel great. I recently saw another poet talk about how devastated they were to find out their partner and his friends laughed at their poetry. Obviously,Continue reading “Someone’s Probably Laughing at Your Art”

Create What You Want to Create

Let yourself create what you want to create. Your art can be anything. It does not have to be serious. It does not have to be “real”. Creating silly art for the sake of it is a gift you can give to yourself. Creating silly art for the sake of it is a gift youContinue reading “Create What You Want to Create”

The Vaccine

Content note: this piece is about the COVID-19 pandemic. I walk up to the hospital. There’s a line with a sign that says “COVID VACCINES”. I get in it. A woman lines up behind me and starts coughing. I inch forward. A nurse hands me a medical mask. “You can take off your mask andContinue reading “The Vaccine”