Ideas for making poetry careers sustainable

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HOW DO WE PAY THE POETS? AMANDA NADELBERG CONSIDERS SUSTAINABLE FUNDING FOR ACTUAL POETSLiterary Hub – December 7, 2016

“There are many awards designated to support burgeoning poets (their first book, their time, their potential) and many fewer in the arena of afterwards to sustain those individuals once they have reached their presumed desire to be actual—and, no less, living!—poets with actual books. Too often the industry seems to wave a couple of carrots before a field with no future. What follows a poet’s supposed period of emergence? What happens when a poet continues? I wonder what it would look like if poetry’s albeit limited resources were more evenly distributed across a life, because what’s the point of rushing initiation if there’s so little room to stay?”

The Uncanny Valley

Amanda Nadelberg 

Fireflies careening the fields regardless
of charm, without attention, jesters slid
into the sea and time was forthcoming.
There was a story being told.

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