Maggie Nelson — American Poet

Maggie Nelson is an American poet, art critic, lyric essayist and nonfiction author of books such as Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions, The Red Parts: A Memoir, The Art of Cruelty, Something Bright, Then Holes, Jane: A Murder, The Latest Winter, Shiner, and Bluets... (wikipedia)

I don't think there's any formula for what makes great art.
Art to me is not precious enough that I feel territorial about what the word gets applied to. Conversations about what counts as art and what doesn't doesn't captivate my attention very much.
I don't ever believe in violence as a kind of medicine.
In life and art, there are distinctions to be made between what an act of cruelty consists of.