Having taught at the Community College of Aurora [CO] for twenty-five years, professor and poet Wayne Gilbert has seen and done some things. He’s played Walt Whitman in Denver. He’s read with a five-piece jazz band. His life experience has grown rich enough for the local newspaper to write a profile on him. Go ahead and read that. Appreciate that we all have unique paths to take in our creative development.
But the rest of his advice to aspiring poets is “Go down to the [bookstore] and buy some poets. Read them. Everybody wants to be a poet, nobody wants to read poetry. That’s number one.” So listen to the man. After you finish reading the article, go ahead and track down some poetry on the interwebs or at the bookatoriums. Stand up and read some out loud. Sit down and dig into some that are too complicated to appreciate on one’s feet. Read yourself to sleep to the cadences of a master of rhythm. Go someplace new.
And on that note, we will take this same advice.