The Artist-Audience Dilemma

As an artist of any kind, you are very likely to at least eventually face some sort of artist-audience dilemma. It starts with the question of “Who do you create for?” Some people would readily answer with “Myself,” others would readily answer with “For other people.” And the people whose initial answer is the former […]

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Upstaged

“Stop talking.” “What?” “I said stop talking.” “Excuse me?” “Gyae kasa! Anaa Twi nso wo nte ase?” “I understand, but…why should I stop talking?” “Because, quite obviously, nobody cares.” They were sitting in the lavishly furnished living room of one Kwasi-Mensah’s good friends, Victor, enjoying a drink or two each, as well as some light […]

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Proverbs

I am thirsty for your company and intelligence. And I hunger to know more. Promise to feed me with words of wisdom, for I have a growing mind which needs nutrition to survive. Our dates will be in libraries and our field trips into fiction. We will get high on speculation and have evening rituals […]

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Self-Hatred of a Seed

My fingers tremble as I look at them. They do not tremble out of anger. They tremble out of fear, out of terror of something that I cannot run away from, no matter how far I go. The dark thoughts have ensnared me again. I am sitting cross-legged on the floor of my study, doing […]

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