The move from poet to writer feels akin to becoming an adult. I carry the concise images and musical language of poetry where ever I go. For me, poetry has its roots in the visceral experience. Often the listener will have an understanding she can’t explain, a response beyond the logical mind. In the world of poetry, connecting all the dots, providing all the details between images, isn’t necessary. In prose, creative non-fiction, memoir, personal essay, fiction, the details are linked to create a logical thread. The writer supports a thesis or plot. I once fought the time it requires to slow down and present a logical argument but now, combined with the tools of poetic craft, I welcome the challenge and recognize that some material demands to be prose.






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