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.
In fact, in some ways, I actually feel much more confident about the quality of Carousel than I do about The Cottage Builder's Letter: probably because of its cohesive nature.
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.
My self-editing process is intense.
A sequence works in a way a collection never can.
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.
I've often entertained paranoid suspicions about my fridge and what it's been doing to my poetry when I'm not looking, but I never even considered that my fan was thinking about me.
The poetry community here has been extraordinarily welcoming.
Then I discovered I loved writing poetry more than fiction.
It's a bit of a crapshoot out there with young writers right now anyway.
I suppress the vast majority of what I write.
The whole competition thing disturbs me. Not that I wasn't a part of it when I first started.
I don't think there's anything wrong with someone having to read a poem twice. Or even a book.