Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(10/20/2013 8:23:00 PM)
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Sorry, Lamont, I should have made myself more clear. The plumber part was more about giving up on writing if I can determine that I have no talent. Not meant to say that I expected to make money through my poetry. I don't care about making money through poetry and I have never written with any type of accolade in mind. My bottom-line dilemma is that I am realizing that no one on the face of this earth can truly state with absolute authority who is and who is not talented in regards to poetry. When I read a poem, say by Elizabeth Bishop, and see that there are are references in her poem to subjects that the poet assumes her reader will understand, but those references are understood only by an educated elite I shudder. When I write I want the message or my crying out or quest for some truth, be it emotional or other, to be heard by all human beings and not by any kind of elite, at the risk of the elite poo pooing my writing. Anyway.........
(10/20/2013 7:46:00 PM)
If you want to eat, you become a plumber. Poetry won't pay the bills no matter how good you are. In fact, the better you are, the less compensated you will be for your poems. In that sense, all poets are 'amateurs', in that, few poets make a living strictly from their writing. So, yes, get a day job and don't dare quit it. -LP