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  • People Who

    There are people who work
    Who work hard
    There are people who

    There are people who
    Work hard to make art
    Who make art
    That works hard

    The art they make
    Is hard work
    And often it is difficult

    It is
  • A Question

    Difficult art is not a problem,
    Just difficult.

    Difficult art just asks
    For you to come along,

    It wants to say. "Come along,
    Don’t worry too much
    Most of the hard parts
    Have already been had
    In my making."

    It is true that
    Difficult art takes

    But what is difficult about
    Difficult art?
  • A Possible Answer

    What is difficult about
    Difficult art
    Is that
    You must come along

    You must let things you know
    Be only things you knew


    You must let things you know
    Be strange again

    And forgetting
    And remembering to forget
    Is the
    Hardest part
    of difficult art

    It takes some determination

    But it is what
    Difficult art asks you to do
  • Things Get Easy

    We forget
    So we can see things new

    So when we see new things
    Difficult art
    Is easy

    When difficult art becomes easy
    It is time for artists to work hard again.


    A Quick Breath

    So difficult art can help you forget
    And help you remember at the same time

    You can decide if this is the best kind of art
    Or just one kind
    Or just - to be polite - not your favorite.
  • Some People Who are In Love - part ii

    Some people work hard
    Some people work hard because they are in love
    Which is a type of forgetting, and type of remembering, too

    Some people work hard because
    Because some people are in love
    They are in love with the world
    Which also is a type of forgetting, and type of remembering, too
  • Talking

    Love is a difficult art
    Love asks you to come along
    Love asks you to forget
    And remember

    And sometimes it even asks that you remember you forgot

    But when we began
    We believed we were just talking
    We believed we were talking
    Just about work
    Then about art

  • In the Beginning

    When we began
    We believed we were just talking

    But now
    We find
    It was
    Love all the time.
  • Lecture presented on 02 March, 2013 in San Francisco, California as part of the Double Happiness Performance Arts Series.

    [Painting, photos, and collage by Shane]
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