Academia and the Reality of Any Art

Academia and the Reality of Any Art
Academia and the Reality of Any Art

The rhetoric of academia is often self-serving,
overwritten to the extent of illegibility,
and deriving original thought from others
to impart wisdom that falls short with even high intellect,
simply because it bleeds of itself,
pretentious, either consciously or subconsciously,
it matters not, it never serves advancement,
just echoes in the halls of babble.

Used to date an art historian,
an accomplished and published woman
of high intellect and profound knowledge,
who introduced me to her colleges in art academia,
who, for the most part,
were the most inept human beings I have ever met,
their drivel akin to the babbling of a stream,
without the beauty, each word constructed
to put anyone down who was not one of them.

They were pompous and self-righteous fools,
who in their quest for knowledge
had relinquished all etiquette and indeed manners,
unable to lower themselves to speak from the heart,
or at least to reveal they had one; and I was shocked,
believing their accomplishments would show
some inkling of ascendancy, in a spiritual sense,
yet here they were, spouting opinions
like diarrhea and competing with each other
in this tennis like game of one-upmanship.

The experience tainted me,
for I am an artist, a writer and philosopher or sorts
and have discovered what is important to me,
yet they hung all their experience on taught knowledge alone,
and used their academic skills to swell their own egos,
not better the world or the understanding of it,
just a parade of self-involvement,
that I shall never forget.

They of course cannot represent all academia,
but I was surprised how limited they were,
despite their many skills,
and since, have considered the importance of heart
and a spiritual aspect within creative work in any genre,
concluding that imagination and reverence in expression
far exceeds the importance of intellect alone,
for life is never definitive in knowledge
and without emotionality and a heart,
the reality of artistic expression could never be understood.

Tony DeLorger © 2017

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Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

4 thoughts on “Academia and the Reality of Any Art

  • May 3, 2017 at 12:09 AM

    Very well expressed, Tony. I find it hard to grasp that someone with no real heart and spirituality can be creative, for real creativity does come from the heart, regardless of the genre of art. Academia writing seems so cold and distant from the creative mind. Great piece, Tony. Your third stanza is spot on.

  • May 3, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    I agree with you Tony. I guess my question is if an artist is simply playing around in different mediums is the art still art if it is a simple communication from the artist and not a world changing purposeful work. Jamie

  • May 3, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    All art is purposeful, in essence, but it is perception alone that dictates that in judgement. The intention of a masterpiece, is never to be a masterpiece, simply pure expression. That tag was attached by someone’s perception. Any artist who abides that intent in creating art, is betraying the nature of art.


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