Colorado Poets Center E-Words Issue #3

Poets Writing Prose

Several Poets listed on the Colorado Poets Center website also write prose. The CPC asked five (Laurie Wagner Buyer, Dan Guenther, Marilyn Krysl, Chris Ransick, and Eleanor Swanson) the following questions and we thank them for taking the time to share their perspectives. We start with the questions and then their individual response. The “titles” of the sections were supplied by the editor.

  1. Do you think of yourself as writing primarily in one genre and secondarily in another?
    Why/why not?
  2. What causes you to write in one or the other genre? (What’s the attraction, subject matter or approach, etc.)
  3. Is there a relationship (similarity, contrast, etc.) in subject matter or perspective between your prose and your poetry?
  4. Do you notice any differences in how you approach prose and poetry (writing process or “planning” or differences in first-draft composition or revision or etc.)?
  5. For you, what seems most difficult/challenging about each genre, and what seems most