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Identifying as Poet #ROW80

January 28, 2015 , , , ,

I have told a few people in the last week that I am a poet. I believe I am trying it out to see if I like the title because I don’t think of myself as a poet. First I explained to my fiduciary who handles my investments and gives me advice for retirement that my most important interest at the moment is poetry. He knows, since we do split the money he makes in the market, that I am interested in his best performance with little or no chit-chat. He has incentive to do that since his own profit is tied directly to mine. He is not a stock broker, but has a fiduciary responsibility to me for which I pay him a percentage of the profits. I switched to this arrangement before the last presidential election because it all felt too volatile and risky. Since he has done a bang up job I feel secure to trust his future work on my (our) behalf. My debt free, secure financial position is one reason I can dabble with being a poet. I have arrived at a time in my life during which I can reflect and use my talents in any way I choose. Now that I have told the fiduciary I am a poet he is convinced I will not be producing any more income during my lifetime. I am fine with that because it puts the pressure on him to make sure I never become a staving artist.

Last night I told a friend I have known for many years who came over for a drink and conversation. He is visiting from out-of-town, so we had news about our lives to share since our last reunion. After he left I was kind of surprised that I had told him about the poetry writing at all, let alone describe myself to him as a poet. I did make it clear that although I publish it daily I am not promoting it per se because it is not very well-developed. I am not ashamed of it, but I have no pride in it either. It is a practice and a new persona. I told him I admire and want to emulate Dorothy Parker. He recited a couple of her witty lines. I am not sure how sincere he was, but he told me that I am like Dorothy Parker. We were laughing and joking together all evening, so this was part of the fun. In retrospect I am giddy about being compared to her, and this little exchange has given me new hope about my poetic prospects.  With some work I do believe I can be witty, satirical, and poetic all at the same time. I have loaded up two books by Dorothy into my Kindle and pre-ordered another about her life, Dorothy Parker Drank Here, by Ellen Meister. Now I am carrying with me two poetic muses, both ghosts. Henry Howard represents Tudor England and Mrs. Parker post WWII New York City. That should cover everything.

It is in the spirit of Mrs. Parker that I am working on curses and blessings suitable for twitter.  They must be short and pithy.  I am calling them #Twurses and #Twessings.  Join me if you like.  I think there is a market.  It is a bit of haiku in 130 characters, ideal length. I think rhyming makes it memorable. #Twurse the snow and howling wind, Super Bowl parties must begin.  I am sure I can warm up and do better than that. Thanks to all the #ROW80 writers who have taught me to have a good time and just do it, as they say at Nike.

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What is your Twitter name. I will follow because I am on ther marketing and RT all the time. Susan:)

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Susan Langer

January 28, 2015

@spafloating is my handle. Thanks Susan.

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Pamela Morse

January 28, 2015

mine is @Susan_Langer1

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Susan Langer

January 29, 2015

See you in the stream, @Susan-Langer!

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Pamela Morse

January 29, 2015

It’s always nice when someone gives you a compliment by comparing you to someone you admire. Keep working at it and you will find your stride for #Twurses and Twessings. They sound interesting.

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Michelle

January 28, 2015

I more or less made him do it, so it was not out of the blue. I liked it anyhow.

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Pamela Morse

January 29, 2015

I love your attitude of trying on the persona of poet, keeping an open mind about it, letting it be a daily practice as you feel it out. I also love #Twurses and #Twessings! That is so cute! I’m going to have to check in on those and see what you’re up to.

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Kim

January 28, 2015

there is something quite liberating in declaring one’s being – I remember the first time I declared I was a writer and then, when published an author – it’s scary liberating, shoulder straightening kind of a moment – well done and all the best for this coming week:)

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alberta

January 31, 2015

I applaud you on declaring yourself a poet. Welcome! I frequently tweet poetry, mostly Haiku, but sometime longer if I am feel frisky and gregarious. 🙂

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Cindy

February 1, 2015

Thanks, Cindy, I am also attracted to poems suitable for tweeting.

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Pamela Morse

February 1, 2015

I shall be looking out for your #twurses and #twessings! fab idea!

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