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“As far as I’m concerned, no one form of writing is opposed to any other form of writing. Rather, I…”

“As far as I’m concerned, no one form of writing is opposed to any other form of writing. Rather, I think of the various forms – journalism, essays, fiction, plays, poetry – as lying at different points along the same axis. Or, to use another metaphor, I think of them as different flowers in a mixed bouquet. Writing is writing is writing. A writer avails him- or herself of whatever form – journalism or poetry or scholarship – suits his or her immediate purpose. To privilege one form over another is self-defeating. A good writer can turn journalism into a kind of poetry (consider Orwell or Agee). By the same token, poetry often provides the kind of urgent news we can ill afford to ignore.”

- Howie Good interviewed by neo:writers
Feb 6