All art is collaborative, even when it doesn’t seem so….
Often, if not necessarily always, in artistic collaboration,
There is a struggle of temperaments, visions or ideologies.
Sometimes it comes as anger, other times as music.
May you have a moment of ideological clarity
And fall back into the reality of the private ghetto
Of the bourgeois creations your editors shaped for you?
And not merely in writing, or performing
The Apollonian fetish, the stoic creation of sublime objects?
There is more of a glut of that than ever
And it’s not beautiful to you
Because it has the wrong politics, and vice versa
And beauty is never a purely aesthetic issue.
True. Some say, “It’s bad for my soul, my health, my survival,
But it’ beautiful!” Or, “Okay, it’s ugly. But I love it
And get along better with it than all your so-called beauty.”
And have you accomplished anything of lasting,
Useful, collective (even revolutionary) value in your “art identity?”