"I was a deep fan of this Pittsburgh Press poet, and I solicited him for his work. We struck up a conversation - me, a 20-something poet soon to graduate and he a retiring insurance agent.He told me: avoid academia. AWP is evil. The only way to be true to your art is to create a tension against it in your day job.At the time, I scoffed. I was going to be a Professor of Poetry.It's 10 years after and counting. I never landed a teaching job after my Lecturer of English fellowship at Purdue. Instead, I've found a rewarding living as a copywriter . . . and playing in bands on the weekends.That insurance agent Poet I scoffed at is Ted Kooser."
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