Being a Poet in NY City

in past poems

i shared how i wanted to be a poet

and how i failed upward

and finally published

books that sold

now i’ll tell how i went to NY city

located an office in the rich part of the city

that furnished mail forwarding

& telephone answering service

i lived in a cheap well known hotel

i used this NY city address for

my poetry books publishing office

i used this address so people throughout

the world would think i lived and wrote in NY

i found printers that could print my books

at a very inexpensive price

and i wrote several poetry books under pen names

sold thousands upon thousands of books

by pen names i won’t reveal yet

i also had another company using my real name

which i operated from louisville, kentucky

i also sold thousands of books

to readers who wrote to me in louisville

but there was glamor to using pen names

and a New York address

with an important sounding

publishing house name

i often thought

readers would not buy my poetry books

if they knew i wrote them,

me being a guy from louisville, kentucky?

no i thought

i had to be a guy from NY city

with poetic sounding pen names

i think i sold many

more books

that way

but don’t know for sure

who would buy poetry books

by some guy in louisville?

many readers came to NY city

to meet me

and discovered i was not there

the office manager would say

i was out of town,

or i had just left for Greece

or England

or Sweden

to work with another poet

on a new book

that’s the way i rolled

and now you know

why i could never have lunch

or dinner or a

late night’s evening with you

in NY city

but maybe

another day

or night

we can

spend together

over a candle lit dinner

By Jim Wortham (July 4, 2022)

Published by Jim Wortham

As a teen, wanted to live from writing poetry. Wrote several books, selling nationally. Hung out with readers throughout the United States. My writing has been on back burner. Now dusting off my desk and have my pen in hand. Hope you enjoy some of what I write.

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