I will mix all your opinions
with the tobacco in this cigarette
and taste the smoke as I watch them burn.
I am a woman whose gender
knows the patience of birthing,
yet you ask….no, you demand
I create according to your
formula of immediacy.
Art is not a crying infant taught
to walk in a single day...It is
an open wound carved by devotion
until it speaks its completion.
Creativity whored to profit
sacrifices its vision to explanation.
I prefer the wind, the human body,
a rose to fill the silence with the
poetry of movement.
I choose independence over the
collar Hollywood would place
around my neck…Cinema should
be a medium for fine-art not
the regurgitation of mediocrity.
©Susie Clevenger 2014
Maya Deren wasone of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. She was critical of Hollywood's monopoly over cinema and was quite verbal about it. She chose the freedom of independent film over the moneyed machine of traditional cinema.
Written for Real Toads Bits of Inspiration ~ Maya Deren