Award-winning poet and celebrated children’s author Gary Soto didn’t really intend to write a memoir. In fact, he doesn’t actually recall the specific occasion when he began writing the short essays that comprise What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life
. “One day, I started looking at little anecdotal moments in my life. I wrote one piece, ‘Fishing for a Poem,’ and thought that maybe I could do other similar quick-flash essays that would define—or say something—about my
life,” he says. Other essays followed, also about poetry and writing. Soto explains ...
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