As in other major cities across the United States, Cincinnati has its share of what we might call amateur poets. By amateur I mean poets who have published chapbooks and books, usually by small presses, but who have not done the usual national as opposed to regional readings in support of their work. Specifically, amateur poets usually have jobs outside academia, do not blog are not blogged about , and, most important, usually subscribe to a poetics generally viewed by professional poets and critics as anachronistic. Amateur poets usually, but by no means always, subscribe to the lyric tradition. In other words, regardless of the poetics they subscribe to, these poets usually subscribe to just that one poetics, however retrograde it may appear to others. In an earlier post I paid homage to Cincinnati poets Ralph La Charity and Robert Murphy, and though I didn't refer to them as amateurs in the sense defined above, that definition might apply to Robert, and only because he hasn't generally toured outside the region to support his books and he subscribes to one—neo-romantic—lyric tradition.
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Every once in a while, people get it into their heads that they would make great poets. Then they write a couple of poems they think are absolute gold and gradually lose interest in the art form. I am trying to not be that person. I got interested in poetry, sometime in late and I decided I would learn about the different styles of poetry that existed. I read about sonnets, epics, limericks, and haikus.