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Physical Danger

The question of physical danger is an interesting one. Sitting at a desk all day writing might not seem like a particularly dangerous thing to do unless you're writing with one of those double-ended pens, but poets actually have the shortest life expectancy of all writers. It could be because they're usually poor and can’t afford health insurance, or it could be because the mental and emotional problems that led them to become poets in the first place also lead them to commit suicide way more frequently than other writers. It's pretty alarming, actually. The list of poets who have offed themselves is infamously long: Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, Hart Crane, etc., etc., etc. So, uh, just be careful, okay? Tomorrow's going to be better.













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