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July 4, 2023

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Subject:

on vacay, here’s a poem

Oh, hey

Hopefully you’re licking warm congealed BBQ sauce off your fingers today and chilling with the ones you love most. Me too! Except for me it’s croissants and 2€ bottles of wine in Paris with my bestie and our friend Janja.

In lieu of an email, here’s a poem by Eve Barlow from her Substack Blacklisted

nobody asked me but…

there’s a lot of articles floating around

“HOW TO BE A GREAT WRITER!”

fuck me

this is how…

live life

jump out of moving vehicles

run into forests in the dark

scare the shit out of yourself

sit with just you and only you

love yourself and also hate yourself (a bit)

when you gain success, abandon it! take time out — longer than expected

wallow in the discomfort of growing

do not keep up appearances

instead force yourself into new spaces

you may be conditioned to seek security

but nothing about life is secure

be safe with your story

in order to ask other people questions you have to ask yourself questions

the really horrible ones

not – am I the best? but – could I be better?

the answer is always yes

the writer who throws themselves into the abyss is the one that will tell you something

See you next week,

T-Boss

 

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