"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love-affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." -- Ray Bradbury
For several years, I've worked with poets, critiquing, mentoring and leading workshops, and working one-on-one with private students. I had many times considered making this the main part of my life, but a number of things prevented it - I had a well-paid corporate job, a hefty mortgage, and a heftier fear of the unknown - there were always lots of rationalizations(and in truth, many of them were valid.)
Well, I'm frantically building my wings right now - after 26 years in the corporate world(and possibly emboldened by several nominations for NC Poet Laureate and the reaction to my newest book, "The Poems of Wing Lei"), I finally leapt off the cliff - I resigned a month ago, to devote myself full-time to poetry.
Right now, I feel a little like Wile E. Coyote, frantically flapping two feathers as he whistles toward the canyon bottom - but the scenery is gorgeous, I don't have someone telling me how they want me to flap those feathers, and I don't have to spout meaningless corporate platitudes on the way down - and hey, Wile E. always somehow survived - I'm holding that thought!
Also a big thank-you to Red Room for making "The Poems of Wing Lei", my NPR interview with Frank Stasio, their Author Conversation of the Week this week.
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