Poem-maker, home-maker: Airbnb

Poets don’t expect to make a living practicing the craft. And as most scribblers know, writing from home can lead to all kinds of mess. At least on and around the desk. For those of us who like playing house (decorating, redecorating, rearranging, praise from guests) what a boon, then to have to keep it tidy and earn along the way. Ergo Airbnb. Since the DNC landed in Philly last July, when hotel rooms were scarce, I’ve enjoyed the perks of income, a better-kept home, and great guests from all over the map.

The payoff: more time to write than the adjunct posts or other jobs I’ve tried for with fair-to-middling success.

I’d like to share some of my hosting adventures in coming blogs, maintaining, of course, the privacy of truly fascinating guests.