Everything Was Fine Until Whatever by Chelsea Martin

By Chelsea Martin

Fiction. paintings. whatever is feasible in Chelsea Martin's weird and wonderful and endearingly sincere choice of tales, lists, flash fictions, and revealing factoids. every little thing is okay till no matter what is a poker-faced and unpredictably comedian journey de strength. Festooned with art and handwritten notes, it is a grand debut via a paranormal new expertise. try out her personal website for added goodness.

"Chelsea Martin deals a unusual mixture of absurd erudition, hard-eyed candor, unforeseen sentiment, tiny subliminal footnotes, and crazy paintings. The representation on my own for her 'to do' record is well worth the cost of the ebook. Plus she's insane."—Mike Topp

"Chelsea Martin's shapeshifting debut isn't just marvelous and wacko, yet, goddamn, whatever sincere, anything new."—Blake Butler

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The roots of this feeling lie in primitive rituals of propitiation through which man identifies himself with the physical world of animals, plants, and inanimate objects to beg a kind of forgiveness for some transgression, usually the taking of an animal’s life in hunting. It is a ritual filled with the dual awareness of the regrettability and the necessity of death. Most of Kinnell’s best poetry is in this propitiatory mode, evoking natural objects, creatures, and landscapes to come to terms with and attempt to transcend temporality.

Inspiration, for many creative people, is the easy part. Often they have more ideas than they have time to realize those ideas in an art form. Following inspiration, the work at shaping one’s new idea begins, and this is when creativity comes into play. Metaphorically speaking, structures are built— buildings that will eventually wear, ruin, and tumble down, as seen in the narrator’s internal ruins described in section 4. Religion is a system of belief centered on the existence of a deity or of the human soul.

The narrator’s brother’s advice was given nine years ago and, from the use of the word ‘‘another’’ in the title and from the ruins of section 4, it is clear the narrator either did not understand his brother or has failed to have faith in his own creativity. In section 5, the narrator continues to watch and listen to the nightdarkened world, seeking inspiration. ’’ Coming upon a rooster in section 6, though, the narrator observes it picking through the snow for a grain. The snow is symbolic of death or sleep while the seed represents new life.

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