"My Mentor v. The Gary Snyder" by Maria Melendez Kelson

I came to the University of California, Davis for a graduate degree in poetry with my identity as “poet” fully formed. I pictured the world of poetry—of publication, performance, acclaim, and accolades—as a giant wooden door shut in front of me. I felt it my job to kick that door in. Power for that kick, I knew, could come from studying with masters.

Posted on December 14, 2015 .