Utne Blogs > Literature

How You Can Become a Famous Poet

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Great Writing, poetry, poets, fame, The Awl, Poetry Foundation, Bennett Gordon,

Poet ReadingIf you want to be the most important poet in America, don’t bother writing great poetry. It’s too time consuming. And even if you manage to write a great poem, all your other poetry will look worse in comparison. Instead, Jim Behrle told a crowd at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, poets should devote themselves to relentless, 24/7 careerism. In remarks reprinted on the Poetry Foundation website, Behrle advises: “Your friends are really just contacts, and you have to think of them that way. If dropping their name isn’t worth anything, you may have to ditch them.” Poets should Tweet, Facebook, and ask for fame from friends and anyone who listens. According to Behrle:

(Thanks, The Awl.)

Source: Poetry Foundation 

Image by Nic's events, licensed under Creative Commons.