"Managing Writers in the Workplace"

"Poets can generally be identified in the workplace, as in the coffee shops where they are most at home, by their supercilious and standoffish attitude. In most cases, what looks like hauteur is actually shyness, combined with a dollop of fear that they have forgotten your name and/or are about to do something stupid that everyone will notice. Poets tend to sympathize with underdogs: they are strong in union-related activities, and will suddenly and unexpectedly rise to the defense of even the most incompetent colleague."

Poets’ temperaments range across a narrow spectrum from despair to resignation, but they can often be cajoled into getting on with a responsible career because, unlike writers in other genres, they have not even the faintest hope of ever earning a living from their art. They may occasionally dream of a substantial grant, but they know deep-down that they are employees for life."

Sad but true.

Read the full article, Managing Writers in the Workplace – A Guide for Employers, at The Rumpus.


Marita Siddal said…
ARGH! Oh, reality, you bite so hard . . . This is me to a T . . . Fortunately I'm fiercely Type-A, so I managed to accomplish a hair more than merely eking out a living.
Jessie Carty said…
so very, very true!
January said…
I thought the article was right on, except the description of the frumpy poet. Well, not in my case. :)

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