"Poetry makes you famous
without an audience,
an abstract or kind of photo-fame."
~ Ben Lerner
I just finished reading Ben Lerner's essay/book, "The Hatred of Poetry." And... man... sheesh... wow.
Okay, so that's not helpful. But here's what I will say...
This book is not for people who enjoy poetry. It is not even for those who enjoy writing it. However... for anyone who wants to "be" a poet? Then... I'm afraid... you have no choice.