2.3 The Best Writers

The deal is that poets are truly the best writers, and I say this in all humility because I am so not a poet! I grew up loving poetry, and I was an active writer of poetry up until my mid-twenties when I pretty much committed to writing fiction and creative nonfiction. I still read poetry and have a ball teaching it. I appreciate the fact that poets know the economy of language—they say more with less. They know how to capture emotions, thoughts, memories, experiences, dreams, fears, along with the beauty and madness of the world around them. It is a compliment to a prose writer when someone says of their work, Your writing is so lyrical; or You write so poetically; or Your work reads like poetry! Poets probably don’t high five one another if people tell them their poems read like novels, short stories, or plays.

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