If people associate me with a region, that's fine with me.
Some people swear by writing courses, but whether it really helps American poetry, I have doubts.
Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer, even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.
The young people have MTV and rock and roll. Why would they go to read poetry? Poetry belongs to the Stone Age. It awakens in us perceptions that go back to those times.
We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century, but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.
When you have an idea for a story, you want those characters to reach as many people as you can. I think you normally think of prose as a way of doing that. It fits our time, the culture.