File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 390

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 16:49:55 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] Martha Graham quote on the uniqueness of creators

    There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated
through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time.
This expression is unique.

    And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium;
and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to
determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression.
It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the
channel open.

    You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have
to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.

    Keep the channel open=85No artist is pleased=85

    There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is on a
queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.

=96Martha Graham (to Agnes DeMille), Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham

Mary Robinette Kowal
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