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Franz Wright, Facebook on May 27th, 2009

Franz Wright, Facebook on May 27th, 2009

"What I would say is this: writing a poem does not make you a poet. Again, what makes a poet a real poet is so utterly simple that if you have to grope for a way to say it, there is a problem. In my opinion, it's like saying what makes someone a real doctor. You are on call at every moment of the day. You don't hear about an emergency and say, "sorry, I finished buying this car, be with you in a while"... 

...There is nothing complex about it (wanting to be a poet). You find you have a talent for writing. Many do. Then you make the development of that talent the first thing in your life, no matter what else you may do (same way a great athlete might, for example.) you never put it on the "back burner" for anything. That is one thing that separates the nuts from the shells." 

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