Charlotte Street Foundation identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. We cultivate the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City Art Community
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Lucas asks us, “How do you keep from sucking?”
Jason brings up imposter syndrome;
That feeling that, though you do not suck,
You can’t but think you’re sucking still.
Feelings to fight like giants of yore,
Beasts of insecurity to be bested singly:
By repeated practice, over and over and over,
Building strong frames to drape in connotation.
Write uselessly, write for smiles, sassyness.
Always experiment, play, and it won’t suck so hard.
The earth yet spins and stars shine above,
When Jason asks Lucas, “So how do you not suck?”
Lucas says, “Rewrites and rewrites again, never mind
First drafts: just rewrite and edit and rewrite again.
And when the sun rises to light page and plains,
step back and relax, leave it alone, go away.”
Matt Hodap, when asked, “How to ensure your best?”
Replies with authority, “Editors, they’re heavensent.
They tell you what sucks and suggest how to fix it,
For the writer knows not where her suckage lies
And the editor helps turn shit into gold.”
Conversation turns to The Holy Mountain
And misunderstanding scatalogical as scatterlogical,
Names we now give these twilight-fueled words.
Yes, here we sit, under a waxing moon,
All bright evening, not writing a thing.