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poetry

I started my writing life as a poet, published a few pieces in University reviews, and then embarked on my life as a professional liar -- which is to say, a writer of fiction.

Every so often, however, I have the same compulsion that used to drive me into the corners of crowded rooms, with scraps of paper and a pen I stole from some bewildered stranger, and I write poetry.

KP and I were discussing poetry tonight. Or rather, we were discussing a collection of poetry which I thought should have been severely edited before it saw print -- because had it been, I would have loved it. I know that poetry is hard to edit -- but oddly enough, while I would not touch a single word of the same writer's -prose- (or most prose, really, as I'm not a line-editor for other's work), I would fiddle all over the place with other's poetry, if allowed.

I'm not sure why. In fact, I'm not sure why I write the poetry, because there is not only no intent to have it published, there is an active intent to have it buried.

Anyone else?

Comments

lnhammer
Jun. 19th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: rhyming
Interesting.

---L.
msagara
Jun. 19th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: rhyming
I consider it an unfortunate character flaw, but any attempts to alleviate it have always failed...
lnhammer
Jun. 19th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
Re: rhyming
If that's how you're wired, I find it hard to call it a character flaw. It's ... how you're wired, that's all.

---L.