Stemming from this post in hopes of starting another dialog.
Should art be a "job?"
Should you be paid to "do artistic things?"
What do funds mean to an artist? Why not "fund" yourself in other ways?
I am struggling with the role money plays in poetry, specifically. There is an obvious dichotomy between the "art world" and the "real world." Whatever the "real world" means.
I know I'm supposed to get over it or whatever, but I just have a hard time understanding how creativity and any kind of monetary system can coexist. Maybe I just don't understand "creativity" enough, or maybe I just flat out don't understand money. Isn't poetic/artistic thought supposed to expose the flaws of "reality?" I don't understand the way "reality" works, maybe.