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I began my writing life as a poet. I can best reach the core of what I’m trying to say through poetry. Writing poetry helps me to better understand what I’m thinking.

Sometimes, with prose, I can hide behind an excess of words. In my poems I feel I have nowhere to hide.

The pleasure of expressing my thoughts in an organic sort of shorthand that the reader can then share with me fills me with eager anticipation each time I sit down to write. I want to see how the puzzle of something so complex can be solved using an economy of words. I love the challenge.

Lately I’ve been writing more and more poetry. My brain gets to do sessions of intense calisthenics every morning and it just feels so pleased with itself after a particularly strenuous, productive session.