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Words&Blood

'Inspired by various writers' literary interest in blood as metaphor, I wanted to write a poetry series using my own blood as ink. As I was having my blood taken, the nurse asked me if I had ever given blood before. As a gay man, I am of course unable to give blood and the question (and answer) motivated me to add a political perspective to my work. If I couldn't donate my blood to save lives, I would use it to write poetry that would contribute to change that restriction. As Nietzsche once wrote: "Write with blood, and you will experience that blood is spirit [...] Whoever writes in blood and aphorisms does not want to be read, but to be learned by heart.."'

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RJ Arkhipov

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  • blood donation
  • poetry
  • writing
  • photographer
  • art direction
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  • LGBT
  • gay literature
  • homosexual literature

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