Poets&Writers online features an inspirational interview with Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn. When asked how he came to write poetry, Dunn replied:
It has something to do with—and this will sound melodramatic—saving my life. I felt that I was living a soulless life. My first job out of college was writing in-house brochures for Nabisco in New York, and I kept getting promoted. I was in danger, literally, of becoming like the men who were around me. So I quit and went to Spain to write a novel, and wrote a bad one. But I was trying to write poetry too, and those efforts seemed more promising. The rest, as they say, is history, or my history.
Read Dunn’s poem “Evanescence” in Ploughshares.