"ELECTRIC BILLS" was accepted by PMS poemmemoirstory, the University of Alabama at Birmingham! I wrote it when I took classes at the Chicago School of Poetics. Registration is open for summer seminars.
My good college friend found my early poem and art in her moving box. I had a really wonderful college life as an exchange student at Indiana University South Bend. (Do you still keep Fujimoto Vintage?) Love you all.
"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."
"Everyone knows that poets are born and not made in school. This is true also of painters, sculptors, and musicians. Something that is essential can't be taught; it can only be given, or earned, or formulated in a manner too mysterious to be picked apart and redesigned for the next person.
Still, painters, sculptors, and musicians require a lively acquaintance with the history of their particular field and with past as well as current theories and techniques. And the same is true of poets. Whatever can't be taught, there is a great deal that can, and must, be learned."
*** I was at Barns and Noble before my hubby & I went to see"This is the End."The poetry section was horrible; however, I found Mary Oliver's and Li-Young Lee's books.