Thank you so much for your perspective!
I will admit, the worry is less prevalent in my relationship with poetry than this article suggests. For exploration I tried to muse these feelings of being an “imposter” through utilising labels on myself.
What a fantastic essay!
As someone who has written a bit of poetry and practices improv, I’d never really connected the two on such a level. Besides the odd occasion where a scene leads to a lil bit of improv poetry there’s never been a crossover.
That can go front an centre on the fridge!
Although parody, you’re expressing something you believe and providing a narrative on that perspective… It’s poetry… You’re a poet…. And a painter… The talents and abilities of which are subjective but it’s art nonetheless.
Adam Koncz I understand your point of criticism but in todays world (thanks to the broad reach of the Internet) we have such a dilution to many pools of talent. I do disagree, however, as it is far closer to the quality of the work determining outside labels but not exclusively deciding so. A terrible footballer is still a footballer even if they can’t kick the ball where they want.
Helen Bartley thank you so much for your kind words. I love your perspective, especially the sentiment of “Those who strive to be artists are artists”. I appreciate you taking the time to share your opinion (of which I completely agree!).
Brilliant piece Zach, teenage me could have used these words to empower self belief in the words I wrote down. You nail the details on some of the things I brought up in a not-so-recent rant/ramble https://medium.com/@stuts/can-i-call-myself-a-poet-a3a5e6f948f4