Keith S. Wilson

How to Be an Artist

“Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for plays, paintings, pageants, and scholarly journals, regardless of the works’ attraction or merit. In the words of Citizens Against Government Waste, “actors, artists, and academics are no more deserving of subsidies than their counterparts in other fields; the federal government should refrain from funding all of them.” – “Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017” by…

On Why Poem Titles Matter (Part 1 of 2)

I. Names Poems are not people. They resist qualitative judgments based on their actions or potential—it doesn’t matter that a poem is musical. So is music. Perhaps this is why so many definitions of poetry fall short. Any appearance a poem might have, anything a poem might do, is theoretically possible by any writer writing under any genre. Line breaks and white space? House of…

The Show – Episode 3 of 3

(Continued from The Show – Episode 2 of 3) I remember a moment, the second time I got bed bugs, that I couldn’t stop myself from crying. I was in front of a new closet, that held a fraction of the clothes I used to have. I had no money, and the move had been hard. I had just started grad school, and the funding…

The Show – Episode 2 of 3

(Continued from The Show – Episode 1 of 3) I had a notebook beside my bed where I sometimes wrote (I was beginning to think I should be a poet). I would scoop bed bugs onto this, and crush them between two pages. My notebook was filled with spots of my blood, and after a time, with love, with writing about my blood. *** I…

The Show – Episode 1 of 3

My first serious girlfriend told me once that she wasn’t sure her grandparents would be okay with me. My existence was problematic, that is, relative to their granddaughter. I don’t remember it as worry. It was an observable fact: here is cause, and there is reaction. *** The first time I got bed bugs, I was the third person living in an apartment intended for…