CAIT: How many are there?
DIVIS: Around twenty thousand, with more on the way.
CAIT: How do you know?
DIVIS: Because I went to the underworld and I spoke to some people I know there, people who can see everything, and they told me.
CAIT: You went to the underworld.
DIVIS. Yesterday. It’s a long story. One I am forbidden to tell you.
I, too, dislike them: there are things that are important beyond
all this fiddle.
Reading them, however, with perfect contempt for them, one
discovers that there is in
them after all, a place for the genuine.
– from “Poetry” by Marianne Moore
(1) Read more contemporary poetry.
(2) Write five poems a week. Show them to no one.
(3) Read more philosophy.
(4) Seek out the company of those to whom philosophy and poetry are important.
(5) Read more fiction.
(6) Watch less TV.