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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Today's Poem - by Marge Piercy

I don't usually repeat authors when I present the poems of others... but with poet Marge Piercy, who is better known as an activist and political writer... I can't just select one. You'll love both today's and tomorrow's. Today's poem tells of the real life of a writer, by one who has pursued her craft for 50+ years.


For the young who want to

Talent is what they say

you have after the novel

is published and favorably

reviewed. Beforehand what

you have is a tedious

delusion, a hobby like knitting.

Work is what you have done

after the play is produced

and the audience claps.

Before that friends keep asking

when you are planning to go

out and get a job.

Genius is what they know you

had after the third volume

of remarkable poems. Earlier

they accuse you of withdrawing,

ask why you don't have a baby,

call you a bum.

The reason people want M.F.A.'s,

take workshops with fancy names

when all you can really

learn is a few techniques,

typing instructions and some-

body else's mannerisms

is that every artist lacks

a license to hang on the wall

like your optician, your vet

proving you may be a clumsy sadist

whose fillings fall into the stew

but you're certified a dentist.

The real writer is one

who really writes. Talent

is an invention like phlogiston

after the fact of fire.

Work is its own cure. You have to

like it better than being loved.

-Marge Piercy


Marion said...

Bravo! I love this one. Marge Piercy's poetry is just amazing. Thank you for sharing this one. It makes me feel great!! Love & Blessings!!

Serena said...

This author absolutely bears repeating. I love that!

Kelly said...

This is great! Looking foward to tomorrow's.