Resilience is an essential quality for poets to possess. It allows them to persevere through the challenges and setbacks that are inevitable in the creative process. Without resilience, it can be easy for poets to become discouraged and give up on their craft. And I am talking from my own experience as a poet who now welcomes rejection along with acceptance.
There are many benefits to cultivating resilience as a poet. One of the most important is that it allows you to keep writing, even when things are not going as you had hoped. This is important because the writing process can be unpredictable, and there will be times when you feel like you are not making any progress. If you are able to bounce back from these setbacks, you will be able to continue working towards your goals and eventually achieve the success that you desire. It also helps you to live in duality, something we often talk about at our last friday of the month launches. Poetry, especially post-avant poetry is about cultivating a space where something is true and something is false but through the poem we make connections and it widens the mindset to question all truths, or biases.
While helping you overcome setbacks, resilience can also help you to stay motivated and inspired. When you are able to remain positive and determined, even in the face of challenges, it can be easier to find the inspiration you need to keep writing. This is especially important for poets, who rely on their creativity and inspiration to produce their work.
There are a few key strategies that can help poets build resilience, these are the ones form my own arsenal. One of the most important is to set realistic goals and expectations for yourself. (I still see 2023 as the year I get published in the New Yorker though!!) It is important to have high aspirations, but it is also important to be realistic about what you can accomplish. By setting realistic goals, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, but, as with all things take this with a pinch of salt.
Another strategy is to practice self-care and take breaks when needed. It is important to take care of your physical and mental health in order to maintain the energy and focus you need to pursue your writing goals. This might involve getting enough sleep, eating well, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
It is also helpful to seek support from others. Surrounding yourself with supportive friends, family, and mentors can provide you with the encouragement and motivation you need to keep going. I find Twitter to be a nice place with sound people.
There is research to support the importance of resilience for poets. A study published in the “Journal of Research in Personality” found that poets who were more resilient were more likely to be successful in their careers. The researchers found that these poets were able to “bounce back” from setbacks and continue working towards their goals, even in the face of obstacles.
So, resilience is an essential quality for us poets to possess. It allows us to overcome challenges and setbacks, stay motivated and inspired, and achieve success in their careers. By setting realistic goals, practicing self-care, and seeking support from others, poets can build their resilience and persevere through the ups and downs of the writing process. (Hello, New Yorker!!!)