This is the second of two instructional posts inspired by Steve Weddle's interview with me, specifically the question, "Is poetry harder to write [than prose]?"
I've always appreciated the sound of poetry, but from grade school to grad school, I felt I was on firmer ground writing prose. It wasn't until I helped Robert Plath with the HTML code for a faculty poetry site at Hofstra that I committed to writing poetry. (Have I mentioned my interest in writing began when an eighth-grade classmate had a book published in the school library? Jealousy is a great motivator.)
I think you do have to commit to whatever you do to get the most out of it, but this doesn't mean you have to choose one and make it a career path. Prose is better than poetry for some ideas and vice versa. I recommend you sharpen both tools, have both at your disposal, so when the time for each one comes, you're ready.
Yesterday, Prose and Poetry: Different Mindsets
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Rob Plath is a 39-year-old poet from Ronkonkoma, New York. He has five chapbooks of poetry out: Ashtrays and Bulls (Liquid Paper Press 2003), An An IV Bag Full Of Bile (Scintillating Publications 2007), Whiskey and Clay (Pudding House Publications 2008), Squeezing Blood From The Alphabet (Erbacce Press 2008) and Tapping Ashes In The Dark (Lummox Press 2008). He has one forthcoming called Poems To Jump Start A Deadman In His Tiny Room (Tainted Coffee Press). He lives with his women and two cats in a tiny apartment and tries his best to stay out of trouble.