I need to be writing essays, but I am scared of prose because, well, it's much longer than a poem, thereby making it much more difficult to tie up all the loose ends, sustain a theme, keep the language fresh, and be interesting syntactically and to the ear while swinging from the monkey bars.
And I'm afraid of it not being very good.
But I feel like I need to put my poetry away for a little while.
Like Anne Sexton, the business of words often keeps me awake. My favorite tulip? Queen of the Night. My books include The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception & Reckless Lovely. I also wrote a book of 366 writing prompts, one for every day of the year, with Kelli Russell Agodon: The Daily Poet. I teach at Bellevue College.