“The most important thing an artist has is the will to do something – it’s evidence of life and a spiritual wellness, even if the body is decrepit.”
– dancer, choreographer, and arts leader Bill T. Jones, interviewed in the Washington Post, 3/22/19
“Art may be triggered by a moment of inspiration or epiphany, but it arises from a lifetime of observations, ideas, imagination and skills honed by practice, practice, and more practice.”
— Lauren Wolk, author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea.
(hat tip, Beth Schmelzer, via the Sisters in Crime “Guppies” chapter discussion list)
Speaking of April:
“Month of my birth. What record do we poets leave? Not on stone tablets, but in books like leaves that have matted together under the snows of indifference. That we were fretful, mostly, but that now and then we looked up and glimpsed something wonderful passing away.”
– Ted Kooser, in The Wheeling Year: A Poet’s Field Book (2014; Univ of Nebraska Press)