At the opening of a gallery I overheard a man saying: “I know all poets in Manhattan, I don’t know you, you are not a poet.”
The other man replied: “But I’m a poet."
The first one: “Are you active? Are you published?”
The poet: “I try to be active.”
The first man, doubtful: “Are you published?"
The poet mentioned a small press I had never heard of.
The first man: “I know that press very well. Perhaps you are a poet. Perhaps you are not a poet.”