The spirit of amateurism

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“It’s not the spirit of ignorance I feel loyal to, but the spirit of amateurism… The making of poems is so mysteriously tied up with not-knowing that in some sense the poet is a perpetual amateur, a stranger to the art, subject to ineptitude, failure, falsity, mediocrity, and repetitiveness.”

- Tony Hoagland, Real Sofistikashun: Essays on Poetry and Craft