Amy Gerstler, American Poet ( - )

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Only recently have I realized that being different is not something you want to hide or squelch or suppress.~Amy Gerstler

Being Different Want You

Disaster, to me, means in some big or small way, things going wrong. And that's obviously a matter of perception, right? Let's say your puppy chewed up all the shoes in your house. She probably had a fine time doing that. In her mind, a red letter day, the highlight of her puppy life.~Amy Gerstler

Life Time Day

I think part of being human is learning to roll with the punches, to deal with any kind of personal or professional disaster that might crop up. You have to learn to deal with that stuff or not survive.~Amy Gerstler

Learning Learn You

With contemporary poetry having approximately as many fans outside the immediate field as there are devotees of undergoing knee surgery, any sentient, breathing reader who's genuinely interested in poetry... not scared of it... seems a godsend.~Amy Gerstler

Poetry Breathing Fans

Ideally, I'd love to write poems that intrigued humans across the board: literary folk and academics as well as... dog-walkers, doctors, plumbers, chefs, math professors, jugglers, etc.~Amy Gerstler

Love Academics Math

The human imagination can connect to practically anything.~Amy Gerstler

Imagination Human Anything

I don't like scaring people off. When I tell people I'm a writer, they look kind of interested. Then I tell them that I write poetry, and they think I'm weird.~Amy Gerstler

Poetry People Weird

There is an element in some of my work that has to do with being an outsider, feeling like not part of the dominant culture.~Amy Gerstler

Work Culture Feeling

Most people who write and publish poetry teach or do something else.~Amy Gerstler

Poetry People Teach

Film and TV are the most popular mediums in America. Literature and poetry are possibly the most under-recognized art forms.~Amy Gerstler

Art Poetry America

My work is mostly about longing, human relationships, science and children - and a little bit about ghosts and reincarnation.~Amy Gerstler

Work Children Science

I don't write to create performance material; I write to make books.~Amy Gerstler

Performance Create Books

I am introverted and a complete klutz.~Amy Gerstler

I Am Complete Introverted

My main ambition as a teenager was to somehow resurrect the dark-minded writer Franz Kafka and become his girlfriend.~Amy Gerstler

Ambition Girlfriend Writer

Like many confused and evolving humans, I live in constant danger of transformation.~Amy Gerstler

Transformation Live Danger

I've always liked wearing black. Hats with veils would suit me just fine.~Amy Gerstler

Black Me Always

One of those quiet types who logs a lot of time in the bedlam of her head, I sometimes need to be startled awake to the fact that the outside world still exists.~Amy Gerstler

Time World Quiet