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R.A. Stewart



May 27, 2013, 1:01 AM

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Hello all, I've been registered a while here and have lurked and posted a bit, so it's past time I introduced myself.

I am, as the subject line suggests, a codger. Methuselah? I chased that kid off my goat pasture. (More exactly, I'll be 63 in a little less than ten weeks.) "Poet" I'm not so sure of any more. But when I write it's mostly poetry, plus the occasional ghost story (have always loved those) and articles, workshop materials, blog posts, and so on for my paid work as a librarian. (Yes, I was lured from Art by the glamor and riches of the librarian's life ...)

I have some publication credits. Okay, a few publication credits. Okay, a pathetic handful of publication credits. I've had a few poems published in Sou'Wester, one in The Fox Cry, a few others. All years ago. I had poems featured for a few years on Dial-a-Poem Chicago back when that program was still going in the eighties, and probably hit my peak in the early naughts when my entry won the (Chicago-area) Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum award. But these days it seems I can hardly get anything written, and nothing, zilch, nada, nichevo, nichts, nihil published anywhere, for years now. So I don't know. It seems like poetry is a young person's game these days. Or more specifically a field for a young person with an MFA teaching in an MFA program, none of which I am, obviously. Or maybe simply a field for somebody with the basic ability to write a decent poem, which it also seems increasingly obvious that I'm not. The alternative in Chicago, where I live--actually what seems to be the only poetry scene here--is slam and performance poetry, which has been great in many ways for poetry, but it's not what I write.

So I'm feeling pretty discouraged these past few years. There really doesn't seem to be any place for me. I'm thinking if I had any talent, if I had any chance, I wasted it years, decades, ago. I'm feeling very much out of the game and strongly suspect that it's far too late to get back in, even to the tiny extent I ever *was* in.

And yet here I am. Can't seem to accept that it's all over and stay away. It's madness I tell ya, madness.

~Rich




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alamana
Jennifer Brown


May 27, 2013, 9:51 AM

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Welcome, R. A.!

I love a good ghost story, too. I work them into much of my work--I recently finished drafts of two novellas and each had a character telling a ghost story.

63 ain't old, not even close. Pick up that pen, hit that keyboard, or whatever, and get to it! I like the phrase used in my Bikram yoga classes--it is never too late to begin again. But that sounds kinda silly here, given that you are relatively young.

Welcome to the Speakeasy, glad to have you!


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May 27, 2013, 10:54 AM

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I'll still be 63 for nearly another month. And if poetry is a young person's game, how is it that my first poetry book is coming out this year? You started in poetry long before I did (I've only been doing it for real for less than ten years.) And I've never taught in an MFA program, and, although I do have an MFA, it isn't in poetry. So there's no reason you can't still make a mark. There are a number of fine summer workshops within driving distance of Chicago, where you could get encouragement and help with your craft, if you feel you need it.

In any case, welcome to the Speakeasy.


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Frank Larkin

May 27, 2013, 1:23 PM

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Don't be discouraged. There is always a place for a poet. Writers don't give up and that's probably why you are here, because deep down you know you can't give up. Welcome, fellow writer. Keep writing and keep submitting! It's what you are suppose to do.


R.A. Stewart



May 28, 2013, 7:48 PM

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Thanks, Jennifer, I appreciate the kind thoughts. "Relatively young" is much appreciated, even though I'm tempted to think, yes, relative to the redwoods in the Sequoia National Forest maybe ... but I won't indulge that, not now anyway. It's a pen, by the way, usually, at least for early drafts; an old Parker fountain pen unless I'm on the road. Your note on the novellas (please let us know when and if they see print) gets me to thinking about some spookified poetry; that might be a way to get into the groove. Thanks again for the welcome--glad to be here.



R.A. Stewart



May 28, 2013, 7:52 PM

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Pongo, very cool! That really does give me some hope. Please announce when that first book comes out, OK? I'll be very interested.

I'll check out some of those workshops. Meanwhile I have a couple of books that I might structure a sort of home-study course around.

Many thanks. I appreciate the welcome, the encouragement, and the good example.



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R.A. Stewart



May 28, 2013, 7:56 PM

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Thank you, Frank. Your kindness is much appreciated. Yes, actually, I don't have that kind of compulsion where I can't desist from writing, but maybe it does come out in another way--I can stop writing for a long, long, time, but I can never feel good about it.


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