Sometimes the best advice about the poetry life comes when trying to find out about yourself in non-poetry ways.
This rather blank statement springs from a recent reading of Susan Cain’s book Quiet: the power of introverts which takes on the idea of introverts (and extroverts) both as personal, social, and cultural phenomenon.
One of the finer points I walked away with was that for extroverts going out (a frightening concept in my world) is a way to recharge. Having that simply put really put some of the people in my world in perspective. If going out to a party is someone else’s cup of tea, that’s awesome. I’ll just be at home with my, uhm, cup of tea.
Another fine point came when Cain quoted Warren Buffett on his approach to business. I’ll let the man speak for himself about what he terms his “inner scorecard”, but damn if the parallels aren’t there for the poet – how one must focus, and focus a long time and in their own way, to get the work that matters done.
Inner Scorecard – Warren Buffett
a lyrical alignment from Susan Cain’s book “Quiet: the power of introverts”
I feel like
I’m on my back
and there’s the Sistine Chapel,
I like it when people say,
a pretty good-looking
painting. But it’s my painting,
Why don’t you use more red
It’s my painting. And I
what they sell it
for. The painting itself
be finished. That’s one
of the great things about it.