This is is the fourth in our series of essays on Poets Who Write Prose. First we featured Richard Hoffman. Last week we featured J.D. Scrimgeour who told us about writing the musical “Only Human.” Michelle Gillett wrote on being a newspaper columnist.
If fiction is a fist, poetry is a finger.
When I write a novel, I both clench that fist and am caught in it. A good novel (which is always my goal, if not my result) is a weighty and powerful thing that can leave a lasting impression. It is also a world in which I live as I write it, captivated by my characters and their unfolding lives.
When I write a poem, I both point that finger and follow where it beckons. [Read more...]