an MFA in poetry is a fantasy degree made of legitimizing an art form so that with lots of money and school you are a "Master"- but you can't teach talent. (PS. MFA is a terminal degree, there's no PHD in creative writing)
It's true. But regardless, that isn't my dilemma.
Going to an MFA program is probably the most solid option I've got for a "future".
I'd have to get a pretty substantial scholarship to afford this socially approved institution- the odds of getting into well-funded program are, well... it's more difficult than Harvard Law.
Worst of all,
My super-secret dream goal that's not so secret and maybe not a dream
is to rent a storefront, live in it (*ahem* nap in it), and create a community art space.
when I hear my smart friends talk about genetics and the body
or my business friends talk about their $26 dollar an hour internships
(with free transportation)
And I'm burping in front of a film camera for petty cash
while working on penny-stipends at non-profits
I wonder if maybe I shoulda done something practical with my life.
Do you ever think that way?