sensitive skin

Brett Abernethy

 

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this:

A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.

To him… A touch is a blow,

A sound is a noise,

A misfortune is a tragedy,

A joy is an ecstasy,

A friend is a lover,

A lover is a god,

And failure is death.

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create… So that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.

 

Pearl S. Buck

3 responses to sensitive skin

  1. That might be over-stating it a bit, perhaps not true in all cases, but certainly in some (especially that last line). I’ve long defined “art” as “that which artists do.” I then define “artist” as someone driven to express their interpretation of reality. Artists can’t not do their art!

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