When I was a twenty-something wanna-be poet and novelist, a friend of mine (a forty-something tenured professor/published author), impatient with my lack of literary production and critical of my grasshopper-like ways, told me in an intimidating manner that there was one thing I'd better learn to do. It was a four-letter word that ended in "k": WORK. He made work sound unappealing, something no one would want to do. Like too many people, he understood work to be the opposite of play.
Now that I am quite a bit older, I can tell you that I've always had the right idea. The work of a poet/novelist is play. The work of imagination is always play. When I'm working at my craft, I'm happy. Unfortunately, I also have to earn money and that requires employment. Employment is a distraction. Employment drains the energy I would rather put to better use working.
The more literary work I can create, the more I can get published. If people buy enough of my books, eventually I'll be able to retire from employment and spend all my time and energy at work, writing.
I've found the Red Room to be a marvelous place for promoting my work. The Romanian editor, Daniel Dragomirescu, discovered my work on the Red Room and has published several selections of my poetry and prose in his journal, Contemporary Literary Horizon. Now he has done me the honor of writing a review of my poetry. He has posted the review (in Romanian and English) on his web site: http://contemporaryhorizon.blogspot.com/2010/01/peggy-landsman-from-luci...
So thank you Red Room for helping to promote my work. You are an ally to those of us whose work is playing with words.
Causes Peggy Landsman Supports
Green Peace, Pro Literacy Worldwide, International Planned Parenthood, Doctors without Borders, National Jewish Health