Poetry and shovels

Sometimes when you come to write, you get poetry: lyrical, profound, gutsy, whimsical, full-throttle, evocative.

And sometimes you get shovels: it’s a shovel. It digs stuff.

Some people think of themselves as poets, so they throw out everything which isn’t poetry.

Some people think of themselves as workers, so they throw out everything which isn’t usefully shovel-like.

Some people want to keep both.

I have some questions.

1. The poet and the worker are easy, branding-wise. How does the shovels-and-poetry person brand themselves?

2. Does the shovels-and-poetry person suffer for that lack of simplicity? Or does the prolificness outweigh any potential downsides?

3. Is it wise for the poet to throw away the mundane?

4. Is it wise for the worker to throw away the numinous?

Share your thoughts in the comments.