Sunday May 08, 2011

Poet by Tweets

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Feeling the Notes

The other day I heard a poet on the radio. She was getting airtime because she had received the greatest number or tweets that casted votes in her favor.

At one point, she said that all the tweets affirmed her poetry and her decision to become a poet. Her statement might sound reasonable.

But let’s back up.

What if she hadn’t won the popularity vote? What then, neighbor? Would that make her poetry or her decision to be a poet any less valid?

It’s no vice to enjoy the admiration of others. But to gauge your art worthiness, your dharma, by a show of hands is a tragic misstep—one way or the other.

You are on sacred ground when you know where you stand.

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