A Friendly Note to Myself and Others Who Might Call Themselves Artists
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A Friendly Note to Myself and Others Who Might Call Themselves Artists

 William Taylor Jr
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 William Taylor Jr
A Friendly Note to Myself and Others Who Might Call Themselves Artists
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William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across the...read more globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Poesy. An Age of Monsters, his first book of fiction, was published by Epic Rites Press in 2011. To Break the Heart of the Sun (Words Dance, 2016) is his latest collection of poetry. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Acker Award. He has a great and unironic love of both The Incredible Hulk and Olivia Newton-John
A Friendly Note to Myself and Others Who Might Call Themselves Artists
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If you don’t write that poem today
the grand scale of the world
will not sway much
in one direction
or the other

and if you never write another line
the universe
and its denizens will remain
mostly unshattered

so write the thing
or don’t

just don’t worry and
talk so much about it

do it
because it might make things
a bit better for you than they would
otherwise be

and just like eating, shitting
or making love

do it
because it is a good thing to do
and expect no other reward.

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  2 years ago
This poem brings to mind a similar sentiment worded by Banksy, "You don't go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit."
  2 years ago
On the other hand, if I do write my stupid poem, everything could come crashing down on me.
  2 years ago
I like this poem very much. I am mentoring somebody, and some of the words of advice I offer him are to stop taking it all so damn seriously, lose the expectations, and try and enjoy it all. "because it is a good thing to do / and expect no other reward." Very nice poem. I look forward...read more to meeting you some time at a Bay Area event.
 

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