Sunday, January 28, 2007

Bourgeois Poets Unite!

This essay in the NY Times Book Review section is fantastic! Jim Harrison reflects on Karl Shapiro's book Bourgeois Poet. This book deals with the struggling life of the poet-professor, the holy grail profession in the land of academic poets. For me, this article couldn't have come at a better time. Just when I'm contemplating what to do with my career, I read Harrison's quote:

"You will most likely get the back of the muse’s hand whether you have a chair at Harvard or are pumping septic tanks in Missouri."

Just the type of encouragement I need at the time I needed it.