Jamison: Mania’s “a hard act to follow”

“I compare myself with my former self, not with others.

Not only that, I tend to compare my current self with the best I have been, which is when I have been midly manic. When I am my present ‘normal’ self, I am far removed from when I have been my liveliest, most productive, most intense, most outgoing and effervescent.

In short, for myself, I am a hard act to follow.”

― Kay Redfield JamisonAn Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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Terribilità and The Beast

Rosetti’s note: I’ve recently hooked up with a few mental health and bipolar blogs. In that light, I wanted to re-post (with permission) a recent article by BJCM on Darkness and Art.  I find this thing they call “terribilità” resonates with my own hypomania; something that fuels my creativity, but often has a price (and a big crash at the end).  But does “it” make me more creative?

Liminal Spaces

Creativity, Depression and Passion

We have this thing about darkness and the so-called “artistic temperament.”

I have artist and writer friends with depression. I also have artist and writer friends without depression. Most have no obvious mental illness. If they do, though, people seem to think it’s supposed to be part of the whole “suffer for your art” ideal.  (Think: Van Gogh, Hemmingway, Byron… you know the stories. Depression, angst, Churchill’s black dog, “the beast”.)

That’s one dark side. Then there is another shade of dark in the Big Book of Art Vocab: “terribilità.”

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Not a Phoenix

...And you realize you are not
a phoenix--
And that the fire that adorns you
consumes your flesh
And you twist and writhe
as it eats the scream 
from your mouth 

Yet at the core you are all of winter
Rage trapped beneath ice
Each movement needle-cold

Don't Move.  Don't dare.

Don't speak, 
lest you sear those around you
with your killing frost.

(c) 2014 by Rosetti C.
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