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I still write the occasional short story, and poked at a novel once, but it's just not what I want to do.
I no longer feel pressure to produce fiction.
I guess there is also an element of deliberate change involved. Each of my books has been, at least from my point of view, radically different from the last.
I feel as though I've fooled the world into thinking I'm an adult and now they're letting me procreate.
I don't think there's anything wrong with someone having to read a poem twice. Or even a book.
I do try to let what is obviously unintended yet naturally good stay in.
I am still interested in the long or serial poem, but have written a few smaller things. I may start sending to journals again in a year or so... that's about it.
I am certainly suffering from a modicum of performance anxiety.
Humour is a fine line to walk in poetry, as in fiction. I just think it's harder to write. It's harder to keep the respect of the reader too.
Even the people who have had success and made money writing these books of fiction seem to feel the need to pretend it's no big deal, or part of a natural progression from poetry to fiction, but often it's really just about the money, the perceived prestige.
A sequence works in a way a collection never can.
A New Day
Being Hurt By Someone You Love
Hold You Down
I Love You For Him
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