Friday, August 18, 2006

Professional Permission

Okay. Back to James and Kooser.

You need only be a writer, not a poet, to appreciate this advice from Ted Kooser's The Poetry Home Repair Manual...

"...there are those who think poets [writers] are more sensitive than other people, more keenly aware of the world, but most of the poets I know are just as oblivious to what's happening around them as is the rest of the population. Henry James advised writers, 'Be one of those on whom nothing is lost.' That's what you need to teach yourself."

Be one of those on whom nothing is lost. This is good advice—kind of a professional permission to act like a two-year-old.

Thank you, Kooser. Thank you, James.

The Poetry Home Repair Manual


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