I have been asked so often various questions on how a poet is supposed to act, where they are supposed to perform, who they are supposed to support… I answer the question and conclude with, “this is my perspective.” I try to remember my conversations and dialogue with various artists and crowds at educational institutions to be better prepared for these “life of a poet questions”. Recently as I was browsing the shelves of the poetry section of a used book store…
“Run Toward Fear: Poems and a Poet’s Handbook” by Haki Madhubuti
An elder, award winning poet, essayist, educator, founder & publisher of Third World Press and founder of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State. I suppose he too became bombarded with questions from our generation on this art form now once again prominently (cause this isn’t new people!) in the forefront called poetry and wrote words of refreshing encouragement and guidance.
Pick the book up! Writers and performers PERIOD not just poets! I have to share a few things until you get to the bookstore!