Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

The mad dash of lyricism

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Mário de Andrade

Inspiration is short-lived, violent. Any obstacle whatsoever upsets it and even silences it. When art is added to lyricism to create poetry, this process does not consist of halting the mad dash of the lyric state to warn it of the stones and barbed-wire fences across the road. Let it stumble, fall, wound itself. Art is a subsequent weeding out of all irksome repetitions, romantic sentimentalities, and useless or unexpressive details.

Mário de Andrade, Hallucinated City

Written by nevalalee

May 28, 2016 at 7:30 am

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