Poet Lady Katz: new forum reply to How did you know?

New reply from Susan Katz

<p>Hi Sarah – interesting questions but, in the end, easy to answer.  I fell in love with poetry at my father's knee, when he read me the poems of Rudyard Kipling.  I wanted to read poetry, write poetry and yes, become a poet – from that first day when I heard my Father reading "On the Road to Mandalay."  I was hypnotized by the fact that words could paint pictures, take me on journeys, make me feel excitement, joy, sadness, and wonder.  I had many side trips on my way to becoming a full-time poet, teacher, consultant, workshop leader but, through all those years I wrote, had my work published, had books come out and each of those events supported my goals of doing what I do now.  If there's a poet inside of you, you will know it, you will feel it, and it is who you are and what you will do with your life.  Poetry is a calling, it chooses you, not the other way around.  So, if you're wondering if you're a poet, let your heart lead you.  I never questioned that poetry and I would become intimate, lifelong friends.  And so we have.  I hope this answers your question.  Let me know if you'd like to talk more about "becoming – being" a poet.  Your friend in poetry, Susan</p>


Original Post by Sarah01

How did you know?

<p>How did you know that this was it- your Passion for poetry, teaching and workshops and all of it. How did u realise it? </p>
<p>How do you cope with the knowledge of who you are: "how do you write a fearless, unafraid, bold  poem?"- that's my question </p>