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Poem introduction

I don't introduce myself as a poet if I am at a gathering - it's an embarrassing category, most people don’t read poetry, most literary people don't read poetry - but if I'm introduced as such I can't deny it. On the part of total strangers half or a third my age, there's a great concern for my livelihood, "you know you can't make a living as a poet", or "do you write poetry all the time?" I say no, I go to parties occasionally, I don't write poetry all the time. Anyway, in answer to that question about my living, I wrote 'Self Employed'

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Over the years I’ve become increasingly interested in the lyrical nature of poetry. I find that the more I’ve taken in...

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