On poet or author?

There is a distinct difference, isn’t there.
Can’t you be an author of poems. In which case, couldn’t you be called author? for writing a poem? Perhaps some kind of trades description caveat fires up its engines here.
Imagine the furore: a member of the public nears your stall, above which reads the word “author” in an appropriate font. Your business cards have author and your name, email, snail mail, landline and cell.
A dotted line is presented by one of you. The member of the public signs. You sign. Barbed wire balanced on Morse Code.
there'll be blue birds over
Employed as “author”, you arrive at the address they sent you on a postcard with a Surrealist photographic masterpiece on the front. I wont tell you which, but it is all in keeping with the flow of things.
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You push open the 20ft black iron doors and ascend the marble staircase to you room. A septuagenarian sits at a table with nothing on it at the foot of the stairs. In your room, you lean against the oval window and look down on a metropolis. The citizens living furiously.
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Bell rings. Door opens. A management team and owners enter for a preliminary meeting. More, unexplained members of staff join through the open door; probably, just to get out of work in other rooms.
The team asks for a short story. You explain you’re a poet, but that a sequence – but not a sonnet sequence, as you’re not that sort of poet – could be do-able.

By mid-afternoon you have six lines, two of which are suggesting better things. Before 3 the lawyers are in your room. They have bought a dictionary, so you know…
I opened the cupboard, but the cupboard was bare


About grahamcliffordpoet

Graham is an award winning poet, based in London. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in Creative Writing, and has since published nationally and internationally, winning many awards and performing at some of the most prestigious and well known Literary Festivals. His debut collection, The Hitting Game, is published by Seren.
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