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for some reason she’s dipped a paintbrush in ink, taking a thick oxhair brush and soaking it with a cheap replacement for india. “you see,” she says as she drags the brush across an enormous piece of banner paper, “this is art.”

no it’s not!, you want to scream at her, because something in you is rebelling against this scarring of a clean white sheet, at this waste of ink and time. your fingers ache to rescue her brush.

the curve of her lip when she smiles at you is another name for irony: you know she isn’t happy with you and the smile is a lie. she keeps smiling, though, maintaining the mask as she makes a dark slash across a white corner. your hands jerk, unconsciously.

“art isn’t only pictures,” she tells you, beaming at you pleasantly. to you it looks like the leer of a barbarian. the falling ink makes round black dots on the edges of the paper, inappropriately perfect. “art is expression of emotion. any expression.” she sounds almost as if she believes it.

for a moment you want to break her, want savagely to shake her shoulders and force her to drop the brush. her contempt for art is almost painful, almost sacrilege. you double over when she paints a sloppy circle, more oblong than round.

she finishes her loop and looks up, staring at you with a sardonic half-smile as if she knew your every thought. a moment ago you were tense with a half-formed idea of fury, and now your arms are shaking.

“look,” she says, standing up, her voice soft as a caress or a snowfall. she puts the brush down reverently, as if it were something precious.

                      LITERATURE

is what she painted, the lines of it very black, harsh against the white. abruptly you are seized by a need to shred it, to tear it to pieces and then burn it. you have a sudden craving for the smell of smoke.

but she puts her arms around you, gently, and she reaches on tiptoes to whisper “look again.” her hand on your back gives you strength to see—

that there is grace in the cross of her t
beauty in the curve of the u
something gorgeous in the slant of the r
and for a moment you are transfixed, because somehow the letters are beautiful.

you cannot see her but her voice is saying “almost,” and you do not understand. “almost,” she says again. “beyond the writing, beyond the paper and the paint. think about words and poetry and bedtime stories…”

you think incongruously of sunsets, and of ocean water. rose, you think, and sapphire. turquoise and cyan, gold. fire and breeze and salt. warmth…

you are conscious suddenly of her body behind yours and of her hands. you try to put words to the feeling of her fingers and fail. this is poetry, you think, dimly at first and then clearly, as if through glass. there is some sort of glory in this kind of speechlessness.

“don’t you see? literature is art,” she says to you and only you. you are humbled, because no one else is hearing these sacred words, and because you are hearing them you become sacred as well. “writing is not art’s plainer sister,” she whispers, her voice quieter with every word until her voice is a mere breath, like the personification of truth. “writers are artists too.”
:spotlight-left: :bulletred::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletgreen::bulletblue::bulletpurple: TEN DAYS LEFT! :bulletpurple::bulletblue::bulletgreen::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletred: :spotlight-right:

The :star: WRITING IS NOT ART'S PLAINER SISTER LITERATURE PROJECT :star: ends officially on May 31st, after a very long three months of some very wonderful entries and lots of awesome community support. You rock!



I added a few more entries today, and I decided that it would be kind of cheap to beg people to write for a project and not write myself. So, here we are. :D Nothing particularly impressive, just something to be part of the project.

Okay, so, we have ten days left. Nine after I post this. A little more than a week to go, and about 40 entries total. I... kind of had my heart set on 50 ("aus, it's unfair to have your heart set on a goal! it's a community project!" yes, i know. :P), because 50 is just an impressive number.

So... I'd really love it if any writers reading this right now who haven't submitted something could try to whip something up. It doesn't have to be amazing, although it probably will. ;) (Like I said, you guys are awesome.) I just don't want to have to write the other ten myself, haha.

Anyways, even if we don't break 50, you still broke 30, which was what I thought would be the absolute highest when we started. So you all are pretty @#!*% cool. Thank you, lit community. You make me happy. :heart:
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Captain-Introvert Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HOW HAVE I NOT NOTICED THIS BEFORE???!!!
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austheke Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011   Writer
XD Possibly 'cause I think it's kind of a clunky piece and I hide it. But I'm, er, glad you like it! :D
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leyghan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wowee. Wonderfully, eloquently expressed and true. I love this! :heart:
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010   Writer
Thank you so much! It's the message behind it that counts, haha, so I'm glad you like it.
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Iyeshana Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
wow this is excellent!
:D
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009   Writer
Thank you so much!
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Flynn-the-cat Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for visiting me! Have a Feature of Especial Awesomeness !
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XxWreckoningxX Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Ah, I am just kicking myself over the fact that I didn't write anything for this project, but reading all the beautiful entries should be enough.

I adore this to a billion pieces. Just so you know. ;) I believe that I actually want to wrap this up and take it home with me, that's how much I love this work of your's. :heart:
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austheke Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009   Writer
Hahaha, next time! Next time I will coordinate it much better and have more famous friends plug it.

Aw, thank you so much. You flatter me~ <3
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XxWreckoningxX Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
And next time I will definitely participate!

Welcome. =] Well, flattery is always nice, but I think truth is more what I was aiming for. :heart:
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austheke Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009   Writer
Bahahaha. :heart:
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EvitagenEm Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
breathtaking...

>.< idk what to say
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austheke Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009   Writer
Breathtaking?! You flatter me~ Thank you so much! :heart:
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EvitagenEm Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
I'M SORRY!!! i try my best not to flatter people... because it makes them full of themself and gets bad =/ but you're welcome! just look out o___o ok? no getting bad.
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austheke Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009   Writer
Hahaha, I'll try my best to not get a swelled head. xD
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Fuzzle-wit Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009   Writer
Wow....
just...
wow....
I think I need a dictionary and a thesaurus to piece together a response eloquent enough to match the beauty of this piece... honestly.
That was absolutely AMAZING! The imagery was astounding, I could feel the emotions, and... just.. everything about it was beautiful. (<--- That was me losing coherency XD) For all those people who think literature isn't art, they have to read this. Immediately. Because this definitely exemplifies the true beauty of literature. :+fav:
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Writer
Aw, thank you so much. (Hint: ditch the thesaurus. :| You do not need it. Personally, I think the only uses ever for thesauruses are school essay. When writing anything else, your own words are good enough.)

Thank you so much. I think for this piece, I tried to embody the whole spirit of the project in one work of fiction. The imagery of the two people and the paper was supposed to be crystal clear in the reader's mind, without me having to over-describe it. (The parts about the oceans and sunlight and stuff was thanks to ~Hermionesclass101, who gave me some advice on adding some more description to the piece.)

Thank you (I've said that three times already. xD). To hear that my writing, any of my work, "exemplifies the true beauty of literature" is the greatest compliment I could have. :heart:
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Fuzzle-wit Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009   Writer
You're welcome! That's good advice, and it does make sense. *throws thesaurus out the window.*

Yeah, that makes sense, and I think you did a brilliant job explaining the spirit of the project in one piece. You did a good job making the meaning clear and adding descriptions.

You're welcome (again, ;)). Aw, well I'm very glad to hear that! :heart:
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009   Writer
Haha, thank you for taking my advice so readily. Lots of writers, published and hopefuls alike, wouldn't be quite so quick to scrap the thesaurus. Their extremely tremendous loss. I think I prefer overly simple prose to overdescriptive prose. :P

Thank you so much (again)! :heart:

we have a habit of repeating ourselves. ;)
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Fuzzle-wit Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009   Writer
You're quite welcome! I agree. It is their loss. I'll save the thesaurus for reports when I have a synonym for a word on the tip of my tongue but can't recall it off the top of my head. :XD: Besides, if there are too many "decorative" words in a prose piece, such as description for no other reason than the sake of description, it might confuse readers. So yes, simple prose is, well, simple. There's a reason the phrase "short, sweet, and to the point" was coined, I suppose.

Why yes, yes we do. ;)
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Arthisa Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Now my entry just pales in comparison... :cry:
Amazing! =)
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austheke Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Writer
Thank you so much! <3
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Arthisa Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! ^^
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until-the-morrow Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece! :) beautifully written
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austheke Featured By Owner May 28, 2009   Writer
Thank you! <3
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Hermionesclass101 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Aus, this's great :heart: I love it.

Though ' poetry', I think, is awfully specific. ;] And 'literature' is a prettier word anyways :iconimhappyplz: Just saying.

Other than that, I love every bit of it. How it seems so serious at the beginning and you actually FEEL the blaspheme lol. And then it develops into actually not being so blasphemous. I also love that it's in second person, which I don't usually. It just fits here.

The only other thing I can think of is maybe that you bulk it up a little bit in between where the reader thinks it's horrible, and then when they start to realize that poetry is art. Right now it feels just slightly rushed.

“look,” she says, standing up, her voice soft as a caress or a snowfall. she puts the brush down reverently, as if it were something precious.

POETRY

is what she painted, the lines of it very black, harsh against the white. abruptly you are seized by a need to shred it, to tear it to pieces and then burn it. you have a sudden craving for the smell of smoke.


:love: I adore the description here.
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austheke Featured By Owner May 23, 2009   Writer
Thank you for the critique! Actually I worried about it going too fast too, so it's good to hear it from you. I went back and did some work on it--is it better?

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! :heart:
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Hermionesclass101 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
HOLYCRAP. o____O It went from being brilliant to being just bloody phenomenal. I got CHILLS, I swear to god. I love the organization of it, with the

that there is grace in the cross of her t
beauty in the curve of the u
something gorgeous in the slant of the r
and for a moment you are transfixed, because somehow the letters are beautiful.


:heart: I adore it now even more than before.
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austheke Featured By Owner May 25, 2009   Writer
also: "bloody phenomenal" = most ridiculously amusing compliment ever. thank you. :'D
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Hermionesclass101 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I quite liked it lol XD Glad it amused you.
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austheke Featured By Owner May 25, 2009   Writer
Haha, awesome! This is like the first time I've ever edited anything and gotten this good of a reaction. :D You flatter me~ Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it. epic!project is now one entry closer to 50. xD
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Hermionesclass101 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I'm hunting people down as I post this. Not alone though, I have a friend helping me. It's so close, we just have to reach 50. I might even write another one.

Because 50 IS an impressive number.

(What're we at, now?)

And I still love this. :heart:
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austheke Featured By Owner May 25, 2009   Writer
33 in the collection! Plus some more notes. I'm trying to spam people. We are going to make it 50 if it KILLS us. Thank you, dear~ :heart:
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Hermionesclass101 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I tried spamming people but school got to me ;A;

How many did we end up with?
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austheke Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009   Writer
Lolhi. -fails at answering messages-

52? 53? something like that.

Late reply is laaaaaate.
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