I live walking distance from the Library of Congress where Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan, did a reading a week or so ago. In any case, I so enjoyed Ms. Ryan’s interview with The Paris Review. In fact, I thought I’d share a quote.
“It seems like many people think that if you drive yourself crazy, then you can write. I wanted to see what a fortunate life would produce. What writing would come out of this mind that didn’t try to torment itself?” –Kay Ryan, The Art of Poetry, Winter 2008, The Paris Review
How many of us buy into the idea that artists must be dysfunctional and tormented?