A Poet Reflects

“Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived … Tidiness makes me  think of held breath, of suspended animation … Perfectionism is a mean,  frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend.  What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we  need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are  here.”
Anne Lamott, from Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor Books, 1995)

“Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived … Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation … Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend. What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here.”

Anne Lamott, from Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor Books, 1995)

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