“…that you were not engaged with us because of your person; because of the parody of work that you display as “art” are a taint to that which is pure and true.” – anonymous
So I received this in an email yesterday from a fellow artist that is involved in ‘supporting’ fellow poets and artists through different methods of group interactions, writing prompts, competitions etc.
Might I also mention this someone has reblogged my work multiple times and has also left kind, supportive and encouraging mentions on many of my poetry posts. So when I read the above comment I was completely shocked.
After much thought I have decided to leave this person anonymous and coming to this conclusion was a big challenge for me. I take leadership, image, honesty and example very seriously. I realize it’s not about the person it’s the idea of what art is that really got me going.
I am aware that the word art is vague to some and very specific to others. Its idea can be expressed in so many ways, most especially with contemporary, lyrical poetry.
Do you take art as freedom of visual or any other expression of emotion?
How do you define art?
Are you art?
There are many poets that stick to classic methods of poetry and I completely respect and support all artists in their forms of expression. I admire it actually, as I am not nearly disciplined nor even educated enough in poetry, to stay with in the boundaries or confines of structured forms, hence my free verse expressions…maybe one day I will find the time to hone my expression to fit into some traditional poetry forms but then again probably not as, well, I’ve found my niche. Free verse, contemporary poetry.
Whether you decide to value my expression or not is entirely up to you. (Obviously stated, I know)
This situation has rubbed me the wrong way because I find it appalling that someone who claims to support fellow poets and artists could utter such words after obviously showing false support of my ‘art’ form with kind comments, reblogs, shares, wanting to collaborate etc. by blatantly insulting my work.
Social media and generating traffic is a huge part of blogging to many people, if you don’t have readers or a community (of people that genuinely appreciate your art form) how do you expect to sell your book, art, photographs, poetry etc. If you are not looking to sell anything then how will people read or see your work if they do not know about it? Some people don’t care and that’s fine.
Sharing and community are a huge part of social networking. But even then getting exposure does not guarantee you traffic, sales, followers, readership etc. People have to see something they like, something they want or something they are interested in. Hope fully that something is you or your product or art form, whatever it may be.
But why are we discussing social media?
Well, blatantly lying about someone’s work and offering up false words is over the top to me and really under handed.
Generate traffic people, I’m all for that, community is the number one friend to blogging but don’t leave false WORDS and slander people and their art.
REMEMBER: TO ME, YOU ARE ART.