Real Artists Have Day Jobs
Sara Benincasa

Yep. When I was youngster poet just out of high school and starting to hang out with “real poets,” one of them gave me this advice. He was a crime reporter for the local paper. He told me that, since there’s almost no money in writing poetry, I’d likely have to have real job to pay for house-and-home while I wrote. If I was lucky, I’d get a job that somehow involved writing, as his did. Otherwise, it was find one that paid enough to live on and that afforded time to write. That was 1975. I’m still writing, still working and still publishing. And it’s still good advice.

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