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Poet For Hire, ABD #njpoet

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All my life I’ve been told not to be a poet. My working class parents—for fear of my assured poverty, homelessness, and starvation—encouraged me to learn a trade, a real skill, and it would be clear to you that I half followed their advice if you ever reviewed my alternate resume, or if you ever saw me clean and filet a fish or trim a cut of beef. Much of my non-academic employment history has been back-breaking and bloody, or mind-numbingly boring.

Through it all, though, I’ve always read and wrote and loved poetry. I always have for as long as I can rememeber.

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Social Media Professor #njpoet

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Although I no longer have a classroom, or a university to exploit me for my teaching labor, I’ve found that some of my former students are making it difficult for me to quit being a professor. In fact, since I announced my intention, my goal, to never work in academia again, some former students have taken it upon themselves to tweet, email, chat, and text. They intend to stay in touch.

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