David Biespiel's 10 things successful poets do

DAVID BIESPIEL’S POETRY WIRE: 10 THINGS SUCCESSFUL POETS DO
BY DAVID BIESPIEL

10. They Get Over Themselves
Yehuda Amichai says, “I think when you’re a poet you have to forget you’re a poet — a real poet doesn’t draw attention to the fact he’s a poet. The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet.” Successful poets know that there is no secret to writing poems. They trust that writing poems begins with alertness, preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. They know that they go through phases as a poet and will reinvent the reasons why they write poems. They trust that last year’s answer might not do for this year or next year.

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