I don't know what this means, but I know this is a dream of many -- being paid to write poems, do readings, be asked about your opinion about poetry, promote poetry.
I told the professor (for those who don't know, it's the term I use to talk about Alan when I talk about college) that I probably wouldn't make it as a full-time poet. I'm not too sure of the reasons, but I think it went something like this:
1) How detached from reality I'd become if I focused too much on poetry.
Well, that's actually happened already without me being a full-time poet. I assume people are a certain way rather than see or ask how they are doing. It's easier I suppose.
2) Why be placed on a pedestal for an art form -- paragon perhaps? Or on the other spectrum, be mocked secretly or directly about your style?
Hmm, why would this be a problem? I don't think people can change what people think about them or their work. This is something I realized from this blogging exercise actually. Of course, I can control how I present the content or the subjects I choose, but insight is something that cannot be changed.
3) Wouldn't working on something you love 8 hours a day for 5 days a week get old?
Probably, but everything gets old I suppose. I'm currently working at my first 40 hour work week job and I like it. Time goes by fast, but this is also the problem. It's been four years since I graduated and not even close to a collection. I'm pretty sure someone who takes poetry as a full-time endeavor would be published at this moment.
I wonder sometimes if I should care -- a constant negligence I do.