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Blogs, Oxygen, Twisted Syllables, & Anne Sexton


My “A R T”  is words.

 

Irrelevant.  Multicolored.  Shadowy. Golden. Inadequate. Halleluiahs. Grief-Stricken,
& tasting of cinnamon, nutmeg, mandarin Kool-Aid.

 

From a young age, my mother said I’d walk around with bright
red tablets jotting down ideas, free verse, recipes, letters.

 

I find it remarkable that our distinctiveness and passion originates
so early on.

 

You see,  God already
knows what we will need to survive.

 

He already recognizes we will  need passages to release our uncertainties,
our darkness, our insanity, our teeming twisted syllables.

 

Yes.  That’s what I
know for sure…words have saved me,
offered me oxygen when I’ve been dead.

 

“Why do you write?”

 

I give the same answer every. single. time.

 

“To breathe.”

 

But this doesn’t mean I follow the rules.

 

N O.

 

I despise rules, regulations, convention.

 

I want to begin sentences with and, but, asshole, so.

 

If I want to dangle participles and split infinitives, I
shall.

 

In my twenties, I read the journals of rebel poet,  Anne Sexton
Immediately I noticed  the editor
had left in all of Sexton’s grammatical errors.

 

I loved it, appreciated it.

 

The immediacy and flow of consciousness attracted me, made
me visualize Sexton with her pencil in hand writing furiously, ceaselessly, the
ashes of her cigarette falling to the pages.

 

The idea of Sexton “not thinking,”  but “writing,’ caused my insides to perform back
flips and somersaults.

For me,  this is what my
blog  has become.

 

A platform to communicate, persuade, inform, and enlighten without
focusing on a set of laws or inhibitions.

 

A place to exercise my vocabulary without worrying about professors,
judgers, or self righteous syntax police.

 

When my book is ready,
I will employ an editor.

 

In the meantime,  I
will write without apology or regret.

 

I will write….

because I desperately need the oxygen to breathe.

–Dear, Reader,  what is your “Art?”

NOTE: Press this NOW and Dance your Ass Off!

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Reply
    Joe Peterson
    July 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    and (hehehe) breathe you shall… and us along with you!

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    lisa thomson
    July 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I love this. You want to ‘begin sentences with and, but, asshole and so’. Me too! I’m not sure what a participle is but I think it’s cool you want to dangle it. And when your words are someone else’s oxygen? How beautiful and inspiring, Kim.
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    Rossandra White
    July 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I’m going to plagiarize all of this! So. Do I have to add I’m kidding?
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    July 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    What is my art? I have to write. I have to sing. I have to teach to inspire others to live a passionate and free life. Free from fear. I have to. If I don’t, I didn’t realize (and you just made me realize) that if I don’t I can’t breathe! I can’t function happily. I can’t even enjoy my life. Alpha Hubby understood this when we met. He provides ways that I can write. He loves my voice and tapes certain songs to go to sleep by or suddenly says, “Sing my song, baby!” I am free because he helped set me free.

    This post rocks. I love dangling participles. I love starting sentences with “and” and “but”. I especially love reading my years-old angst-ridden poetry – wow. Was I a mess or what?? Hee hee.
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    solidgoldcreativity
    July 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    “The idea of Sexton “not thinking,” but “writing,’ caused my insides to perform back
    flips and somersaults. For me, this is what my blog has become.” Totally concur, Kim, and it’s the ultimate. Well done xxx
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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Narelle,
      have you ever read Sexton?

      Did you know that she and Plath used to drink martinis together and discuss how they would kill themselves. When Plath killed herself first, Anne said “NO! that was supposed to be my death.”

      Anyhow.

      Love to you. Xxx
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    Abby Byrd
    July 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I write because I must…I know no other way!

    I love Sexton’s “Her Kind.” One of my favorite poems.
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    Gail Thornton
    July 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Ann Sexton uses words that stir me, sting me, uplift me, and exhilarate me. Your blog post today is much the same. Exciting, thrilling, all this talk about rule-breaking and breathing. My breathing while writing is so laborious because my guts are attempting to exit through my mouth onto the page, or down my arm into the pen or keypad. Hemingway said, “If you want to write, just sit at the typewriter and open a vein.”

    Those who have come before us and had no choice but to write to breathe understood you. They understood me. They understood all of us who have no choice. We want to, and we will.

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    Barbara
    July 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Oh how this resonated with me. I think we could begin a revolution of books from blogs! Go ahead, Kim…I’m in!!
    xoxob
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    Jann Huizenga
    July 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I love when you twist syllables and dangle participles and thumb your nose at the syntax police, Kim. You delight me. Now I’m going to press that button and dance my ass off. xxxxxxxxkisses to youxxxxxxxxx
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    Sandra
    July 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    “You see, God already
    knows what we will need to survive.”
    It seems lately that every post of yours lately resonates within me. It’s like a kick in the groin to every asshole whose ever criticized my writing.
    (I left another comment which might appear…or may not…)
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    Vidya Sury
    July 8, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Kim darling, please continue to do exactly as you do. I’d love to edit your book! Write it soon! 😀

    Not thinking, just writing – is a great policy.

    Love you more than all the books I read last month!

    Hugs!
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    Debi Pasricha
    July 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Cheers to the dangling participle! Xx
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    Kim Gagnon
    July 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Love you Kimmy !!!!!!!!

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    Hotly Spiced
    July 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I think that to write at your absolute best you definitely have to be true to yourself and that means writing in the way that makes you the most comfortable. Trying to be someone else is not going to cut it. Good to hear you’re writing, writing, writing. Can’t wait to read your book one day xx
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    Liz
    July 8, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Kim,

    I love, love this post!!!! So true!!!!

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    Brenda
    July 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Kim, I need to thing about this one before I answer. 🙂
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    Brenda
    July 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Writing is breathing, breathing is writing, living is to write, writing is to leave. There you have it, my art.
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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    July 9, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Bravo darling Kim, Bravo!
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo
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    Alison
    July 9, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I’m the same. To me, it’s a need, not a want.
    And I start sentences with And, But, Also. Rules, what rules?
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    A Daft Scots Lass
    July 9, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Indeed.

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    debbie
    July 9, 2013 at 3:25 am

    I’ll say it again…I love your blog. You are one talented lady. My art? To sing. Unfortunately I don’t sing well (I’ve been told that over and over again!) but I sound good to me!!!! So I sing through laughter and tears and feel so alive when I do!
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    Hilary
    July 9, 2013 at 3:49 am

    I love it! I write too not because I want to but because I have to!
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    elizabeth
    July 9, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Dear Kim,

    I get it. I really do. Without our art, we slowly die.
    loved this piece. you are such a powerful and passionate writer.

    love you.

    elizabeth
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    Ellen M. Gregg
    July 9, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Oh, the freedom of that is intoxicating, Kim. I can taste it. Dare I drink it??? xoxo
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    adrianairis
    July 9, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I have so much to say and I find myself sounding like a hypocrite when I say I write. LOL
    Not sure why as if I did not have a right to call myself that.
    I can call myself a photographer but not a writer even though I am naked on this last post.
    xoxo
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    countingducks
    July 9, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Stuff the grammar. Your appetite for life and the sheer guts and individuality always shines through anything you write so i’m a fan innit, hear wat i’m sain . Your the goods.
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    TheKitchenLioness
    July 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Kim, I love your authenticity, I do not know anyone who writes with the same kind of honesty that you do – keep writing like this and I will love to come back and read more and more…

    “The joy that is not shared dies young.” (A.S.)
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    Wild Child Mama
    July 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

    This is why I LOVE your blog!! It’s flawless freedom, the use of the “F word” when it bleeds from your heart, starting sentences with and or but or so and especially asshole. Your writing is like standing on the cliff of a very lush and dangerous cliff, arms outstretched, smiling and shouting and crying into the face of the sun. A giant woohoo!!!! Xoxoxo. Freedom!!
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    Dad
    July 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Kim, you write with honesty, you are not a phoney and your blogees know that. That is one reason
    so many people read your blog. So keep on writing. We all are waiting for your book.
    Love You So Much
    Dad

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    Valentine Logar
    July 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I want to grab on and dangle all of it, my ass out there for all to see and then some. This held me up and then held me some more. This, yes this is why I love you.
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    Choc Chip Uru
    July 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This post is why I love your beautiful blog, your writing does make is feel your need to write like your need to breathe 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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    Charlene Ross
    July 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I love the way you breathe! (And love to breathe your air!)

    xoxo
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    Jennifer Wolfe
    July 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    So true, Kim. Blogging is wonderfully liberating, isn’t it? To say your words out loud, on paper, or in the ethers, is such a fantastic release. I’m glad you’re not holding back-repression drives me crazy!
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    Liz
    July 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’m glad you don’t follow the rules, Kim. It’s what makes you YOU…and you’re pretty darn terrific!
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    Beverly Diehl
    July 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I believe in violating “the rules;” I also believe in following the rules.

    Because otherwise, sometimes itmightbehardforpeopletounderstandyouandsomeofthemwillgiveup.

    Last weekend, I (tried to) read a book by a favorite blogger, who’d self-pubbed a novel. I love this blogger, I think she has a wonderful, poignant voice.

    Yet, I could NOT get through this book. It was packed with backstory and unnecessary description and head-hopping and changes from past to present tense and back again with no rhyme or reason. Twenty pages in, I had no idea who the main character was, or if there even WAS a plot, if it was entirely a pastiche of sensory impressions. I skipped ahead, hoping if I went far enough, maybe it would be better. It wasn’t, and that made me so sad.

    Absolutely, when writing a novel, or memoir, or blog, put the words on the page/screen without obsessing over how many s’s are in the word obsessing. Just keep writing, let the words flow, don’t get bogged down.

    But, when all the words are out there, get rid of/polish/clean up whatever is getting in between the message and the reader, or let a trusted editor do it. It’s like cataracts, or that film they peel away to be Claritin-clear. Don’t let trivialities get between you and the reader.
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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

      I AGREE, Beverly.

      TOTALLY.

      In fact, an editor is going thru my book now!

      anyhow.

      If a blog is short (it should be) one should be able to follow the story, words, ideas…. If not, STOP reading immediately.

      if you could not follow this dude’s characters, words, material… whatever…he is a poor novelist…that’s all there is to it.

      STOP READING immediately.

      As far as polishing, editing, cutting….

      I’m all for it…..but this, too, when all is trimmed and the fat cut off….can be utterly, totally, amazingly boring.

      I would again…STOP READING immediately!
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    ladyfi
    July 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    That’s what we love about you – your ‘without apology or regret’ kind of writing!
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    injaynesworld
    July 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This is beautiful, Kim. What a wonderful homage to the writing spirit. Lucky you that you knew you were a writer so early on. God took me on a very circuitous route, but looking back now I don’t doubt His wisdom for a moment. I used to write for money, and that was good for that period of my life. Now I write for love, and that’s perfect for this period of my life.
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    Susan b
    July 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Kim
    Your fierce passion for life, your gut wrenching grief in death -you show up for the now . That is dry brave. Living in and challenging the moment

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    ed p
    July 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    i can feel your passion, and it feels wonderful. this is inspirational. i love producing good writing. it turns me on to life.
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    Monica
    July 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Kim, my art is words. I love to mold them into stories. Find the perfect one that can carry my story forward. Shape them into something that makes sense and tugs at the heart strings, or just makes you laugh. My cup runneth over with words. Just give me a blank page and a pen, and I’m happy.
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    Blond Duck
    July 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I hope you’re doing well!
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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    July 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I wish writing was my passion. I struggle with it, which makes me appreciate your gift all the more.

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    Noeleen
    July 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Here’s to breathing – I so agree with you there.

    How sweet, to imagine you walking around, writing stuff down. That’s a born writer.

    As for the paper cutout dolls…. oh, you took me WAY back 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Love when you stop over, N. xx

      I have a feeling you were walking around w/ a notebook, too.

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    Ms. CrankyPants
    July 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I never thought about it that way, but writing just feels SO DAMN GOOD! If I couldn’t breathe, I’m pretty sure that would not be even remotely enjoyable……and, shit, I was going somewhere with that thought…somewhere not very awesome, apparently. Okay, well. I’ll keep it short before you stop reading: love this post and your blog!
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    Rita
    July 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I love this definition of a blog. I love writing and blogging finally gave me the freedom to do so.
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    Bella
    July 25, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Sing it, sister! Kim, this post had me on my feet, applauding, cheering! You, dear lady, are what I call a free spirit! I love your candor. I love the way you call it like you see it. You are raw, hard core, and a bad ass! Yes, you are! Indeed, we could be best friends, you and I. Let us shine bright, send out multicolored rays of light, and sing from the hilltops. Ain’t no stopping us now, we’re on the move! ha! Kisses from Rox and me! 🙂

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      My Inner Chick
      July 25, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Bella,
      YES! I have a feeling we’d have LOTS to talk about while drinking wine, laughing, crying…and I’d pet and kiss Roxy all night long! Xxxxx LOVE.
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    Girl with a New Life
    July 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

    The art of expression is such a stripped down, vulnerable experience.

    I love that you get that.

    Be fearless.

    And a little crazy.
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