Actually, to make sense now, I have more fears about poetry than actual freedom. No one in school tells you that you have to market yourself or be forgotten; furthermore, no one tells you that the best bet you have to be recognized is to have an angle. L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, confessionalist poets, image poets.
I'm scared about being the "minority" poet even though I'm a minority.
The Asian poet. The poor poet. The gay poet. Well, I think that's it.
But aren't poets are a minority in general though.? I mean, I don't walk down the street and be like -- look another one of my poetry compatriots.
I woke up this morning in the wake of AWP being miles away thinking to myself how I would do an elevator speech about myself and my work if someone asks.
Are you a poet?
What do you write about?
Good thing no one asks.