The Writing Life: Poet-Preneurs
I learned the world "poet-preneur" at January O'Neil's site Poet Mom today. Here is an excerpt from her very smart posting.
January's words resonate with me especially now, with The Alchemist's Kitchen newly out in the world. It's a wonderful thing to have a new book in the world -- and it is also a sad thing. Poetry books are quiet, they are passed from reader to reader, there is no Oprah Book Club for poetry, not yet anyway. Sometimes I wonder how anyone finds out about a book of poems other than hearing about it from another poetry reader. And so, because we believe in our books as we believe in our friends or our children, we give readings, interviews, go on blog tours ... we do our part to send our poetry out into the world with a warm send-off. It's the proverbial message in the bottle - hoping that our hard-won words find an empathetic ear. A stranger on a far-off shore that hears the music.