I’m a sucker for a good title. I even bought a novel once just because I liked the title – Time Will Darken It. (I didn’t like the book, but what a great title!)
So here I am recommending a song by Greg Brown called “Playing the Poet Game.” The other words are good, too. See how you like them.
As wistful as the lyrics are, you could do worse than play the poet game. I know someone who is building a fine reputation as a poet today. It is clearly a better arena than the one he was in before. He was active in politics and got carried away with his enthusiasm for one guy and his fear of what would happen if the other guy won. He broke the law. And paid for it.
Today, his poetry is enriched by his hard life lessons.
Poetry is good for everyone because, at its best, it is first cousin to truth.