Poets are a frustrated lot….Even the best ones are going to have hard time making a living from poetry alone….So real names will be not be used to protect the poets.
Something I really detest in poetry is those who take a piece of prose writing and break it up into what they imagine is poetic form
Case in point was a poet I recently read excerpts from on a poetry review site. He was from a Southern state( rural background) and his poem was about the birth of a calf on his family farm. This was told in a matter of fact style and would have been a good story. However, it was broken up with spaces here and half sentences and the like to make it more “poetic”.
With a little creativity, this could have made a good poem. To me the verse structure with some type of basic rhythm is what it is all about. It doesn’t have to rhyme but it does have to flow. Language is also important. The “straightforward” type of descriptive language in the cow poem was again more akin to a story than the flowery adjectives, the visual language of poetry.
The poet is like the prince of the clouds who rides the tempest … exiled on the ground, amidst boos and insults, his giant’s wings prevent his walking —Charles Baudelaire