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Poet??? Did you say, Poet?
9/7/2005 11:19:01 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Go ahead, ask me what I do...

Poet??? Did You Say, Poet?

Poets, more than artists, need a good sense of humor. I'll admit, I used to cringe at the thought of answering the BQ : "What do you do?".
The answer is always, from here, out, "I'm an artist and poet."

Simple enough to say, one might think, but seeing and hearing the usual responses, ( from raised brows to exclamations of " A what? A what did you say?") I soon learned to respond with, "I'm a writer and painter."

A writer and painter is different than an artist and poet. The term "writer and painter" elicits many more positive comments, since there arenumerous ways to perceive a writer, versus, "a poet" and a painter, versus, "an artist."

Of course, there is always the chance the person, to whom you are speaking, will interpret "painter" as someone involved with house renovations.

After several years of being a painter and a writer, I decided it was time to reinvent myself, and time to own up to being an artist and a poet.

The fact, I have composed nearly six thousand poems, is an accomplishment and a poet should bereckoned with and recognized.

Go ahead, ask me what I do...

Why, I'll look you straight in the eye, look you up and down and tell you. I am an artist and a poet.

deboraherussell, 09/05

In response, JDK Chipps, sent the following note and poem:
I offer this to you, from my heart:

Itself, the eye cannot see
as the sword cannot cut itself.
But in the eye of another,....perhaps

J.D.K. Chipps, 2005

JDK refers to this poem as an interpersonal haiku blending of Jean-Paul Sartre and Zen philosophy.

..."itself, the eye cannot see itself, and a knife cannot cut itself, so the knower cannot know itself." is indeed, "Old Wisdom"...

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