advice for young poets

“Nothing wrong with having heroes but if you want to avoid disappointment, it’s better if you choose dead ones.” Oscar Bermeo (2004)

yeah- i am quoting myself but if you cant get indulgent in your own blog, where else can you. as to the above quote, i’ve been lucky enough to always humanize my inspirations and avoid all the expectations and pitfalls.

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  1. First of all, I love you. Second of all, O.B. What on earth are you talking about? OK MY bad, I just came all out my face. Let me back up. This is some generalized business right here, so tell the truth. A) clearly you have not been able to avoid the dissapointment, hence the impetus for the statement B) why AVOID the disappointment? I mean sure, you don’t walk into dissapointment on purpose if you’re good to yourself, but why avoid the revelation that some negro is just a human being? Yeah we want to make gods out of each other sometimes, but I for one am glad that the emotion of dissapointment exists so I remember that the things we see and do are temporal and the perfection/infinity/spirit comes from the inner realm we reach when we’re just that fortunate. Besides, dead folks be messin you up to. You start finding out after the fact that they did all kinds a foolish stuff, nasty stuff, stupid stuff (just like any of us) and it can mess witchyo Chi if you’ve just been expecting supersainthood from the earth enclosed hero of your dreams. NONE of us have avoided “all the expectations and pitfalls,” not even you. That’s why we write, dude. I’m not sayin, I’m just sayin. My advice for young poets? Watch the world. Watch yourself. Write it down.

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