“If only I had the vacation time and the money to live on the beach in Provincetown like Mary Oliver….” If only Jorie Graham was my godmother…” Um, hello? You’re whining.
Think positive thoughts.
What’s a positive thought?
A review: a positive thought is a thought you think that makes you feel good.
For instance, here’s a positive thought: “I totally could have written that drivel that was just published The New Yorker. Totally could have written.”
Create a feel-good mantra. “Though my poems have been rejected, “I [fill in this blank with something that affirms your inherent worth].”
Picture in your mind, a wonderful place. Like a podium at Mt. Holyoke College.
The auditorium is packed with good-looking, poetry-loving girls who still have their jodhpurs on; they’ve just come from riding.
Though it is a full-time job, ruminating on the genius of Mark Strand is not aerobic.
Get outside. Walk. Run.
Get a dog, one that does not read The Paris Review.
Vitamin D has been proven to be good for poets. Go outside, seasonally, for haiku.
Divide a page of your Moleskin journal into two columns. On the left side, write down all of your negative thoughts.
On the right side, refute them, with “I can choose not to be jealous of Kay Ryan; I have my own voice -- if not right now then very very soon.”