I've been writing about poetry and I've dabbled a bit in writing poems, mostly haiku and senryu. But, I've never labeled myself a poet. Why? Insecurity, I guess. I'd think of myself as a fraud--someone who would be found out! Oh, the humiliation--I'd been living a lie.
How do you know when you're a poet? Interesting question. I thought I'd look at some poets who have written on the subject of poets and poetry:
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.Matthew Arnold--
Poetry is, at bottom, a criticism of life.Maybe on the basis of the above quotes, I COULD consider myself a poet! I love discovery. I have personality and emotions. I'm a critic of life!
By virtue of this one, though, I am most certainly a poet:
I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet.
The Poetry Friday Round-Up is taking place at Author Amok.
By the way, I checked The Christian Science Monitor's website and found that my first article can be accessed. If you'd like to see it, click here. You'll notice that in places where there should be an example, there is nothing. That's because a graphic was included, and those, I guess, don't show up in the archives! (If only I were more organized, I could put my hands on the original and fill in the blanks. Alas, organization doesn't exist in my world.)