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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.


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
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
leyghan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wowee. Wonderfully, eloquently expressed and true. I love this! :heart:
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.
Iyeshana Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
wow this is excellent!
austheke Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009   Writer
Thank you so much!
Flynn-the-cat Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for visiting me! Have a Feature of Especial Awesomeness !
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:
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
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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