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Artists who would Fight Monsters - 3sep21



Like iron filings

drawn to a magnet,

likewise are the minions of patriarchy

drawn to creatives;


come to dampen their vision

and hinder the sharing of their art


using all the tools

that money, and technology, and politicking

have at their disposal.


But not all go quietly

into that good night.


Some are so enthralled

with the splendor of their creative vision

that they will learn to play the game,

and pay their dues


that they might have the revenge

of realizing their artistic project.


All the while they forget Nietzsche’s warning

that those who fight monsters

could become one in turn,


or Obi Wan Kenobi’s lament

to Anakin on Mustafar,

“You were supposed to destroy the Sith,

not join them!”





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