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c6f803288af25c0255e5f6898e86c7bdWhen it comes to why writing verse, making music, putting some strokes on a canvas, constructing a photograph, or whatever else amounts to creating this weird and mysterious thing called art, when it comes to why any of this makes a difference, Kurt Vonnegut (in his novel Timequake) nailed it:

Many people need desperately to receive this message: “I feel and think as much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.”

Happy birthday Kurt, wherever and whatever you are. And thanks for your company.

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We are all going into the dark. Some of us hope that before we do we have been honest enough to scream back at the fates. Or if we never did it ourselves, that someone, derelict or poet, did for us once in some euphonic way our inadequate capacity for love did not deny our hearing.

—Richard Hugo, “The Triggering Town.”

With Thanks to Derelicts and Poets: A Short Prayer I Can Say Amen To