A person who tries to communicate thoughts, feelings, and memories through literary, artistic forms. Poets may choose to write in iambic pentameter, lyric verse, blank verse, prose poetry, haiku, or many other formats.

Once upon a time, poets could make a living by writing poetry -- nowadays, most publications that print poetry pay nothing, so the only reward most poets get is the joy and satisfaction of writing well. Sometimes, that's enough.

(still won't feed the kids, though...)