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I'm a confessed poet. I can get
away with it because I'm retired and have got some money coming in.
Otherwise I'd warn anyone not to try it, unless you have a really
good day job. I went the route of getting writing degrees and
years of working as a paid writer or teacher of one sort or another
and I'd be happy to chat with anyone about those kind of options.
I've lived through twelve American presidents and I've seen my share
of international upheavals, cultural clashes, and literary
movements. Now I spend my time trying to sort out what it all
meant, and writing about it. I write poems in the outside
world as well as here, on the net. The only difference is that
on the outside I am still straight. Yeah, I'm part of that
generation. Give me a break.
Why poetry? Well, one reason is
that I'm older than dirt and my memory isn't all that great, and
when I tried to write stories I would always forget where I was
going with it and the characters would take over. They would
tell their stories, and I wanted to tell mine. Most poems
occupy a single page, and I can deal with that. Another reason
is that poetry is the only legal way I know of exposing myself, and
I do enjoy that...
- James Merkin
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