I didn’t realize I was writing a book of stories until very late in the game.
Just because we do not fit the majority, it should not mean we are any lesser.
We hold in ourselves the voices of many ages and experiences.
I think it’s better to focus on the process of making the poem, rather than the end result.
I am more interested in the small, seemingly inconsequential, everyday love we can feel in person-to-person interactions, even with relative strangers.
I think the story determines its length.
So much of writing is learning to tolerate the difficulties of the process, and learning to revise.
I’m less interested in the question of what defines poetry versus prose and more interested in why we have certain assumptions about what fiction is
Many of the stories in Claire did begin as images—though not necessarily the ones you’d think of
our need as writers to bring shape, structure, and meaning to lived experience through language, in ways that feel authentic and emotionally true.