Albany Poets · Inspiration · On Writing · Poems · Poetics · Poetry · R.M. · R.M. Engelhardt · The New Verse Movement

TO ALL THE NEW POETS OF A YOUNG CENTURY

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So

 

You want to be a poet?

 

Then stand in line

 

Because just like every other damn poet

That ever came before you

You’ll have to write

 

And Twitter, Tumblr, Fumblr

Whatever, will never save

Your sorry ass

 

And the Pushcart Prize?

They won’t reward you

For writing a Facebook

Status that’s poetic

 

And just like

Emily, no one no

Publisher will ever

Come knocking

At your door

Looking for your poems

 

So listen;

 

Because there is no new

Jack Kerouac, no new Bukowski

And no new Poe

 

And Shakespeare?

 

He threw down his pencil

A longtime ago after Marlowe

Bought the farm

 

So just like all of the most

Famous poets of old expect

No compliments, no fortune

And no dough and learn how

To live on noodles

 

And believe me

When I say that

When you tell Mom & Dad

That you want to be

A poet someday?

 

Don’t expect them to

Embrace you or let you

Ever move back home again

 

Because remember

 

That this is the life that you chose

And if you ever finally find

Finally write that one piece

That one amazing epiphany

That says it all and that says

Everything and that has the

Power to knock the world

On its ass?

 

Then maybe one day

You’ll be able to look

In the mirror and say

 

It was all worth it.

_____________

R.M. ENGELHARDT 

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