the honesty of prose

October 17, 2010

I think it’s interesting that Pineda finds it easier to write nonfiction poetry than nonfiction prose, since one can disguise the situation/one’s deepest feelings more easily in the short lines of image-focused poetry. He stressed to us how long it took him to write his memoir, how hard it was for him to become honest enough with himself to tell his story straight (especially without seeming too self-centered when it finally did come spilling out). He talked about how he takes pains to avoid the possessive in his poetry.

Does poetry or prose come more naturally to you? Why?

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