What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life, by Gary Soto
What Poets Are Like is a memoir of the writing life, written with keen observation, a sharp sense of storytelling and a sly wit.
In some 60 short episodes, Soto captures moments of a writer's inner and public life; time spent with cats; the curious work of writing.
As all writers do, he suffers the slings and arrows of rejection and seeks the solace of a friendly dog at such moments. He jabs at the crumbs of reward available to writers; a prize nomination here, a magazine interview there and notes the toll they take on a frail ego.
The pleasure Soto takes in the written word and a dose of comic relief make this an engaging and readable writer's confession.
"Feisty and funny, 'What Poets Are Like' offers generous insights into the literary life." - The Bellingham Herald