4:30 in the morning and the page stares at you like a ghost filled with yesterday’s imprints.
Where do you start?
These are about one of the finest American writers…
CG: Do you consider yourself as good a poet as a short story writer? And what relationship do you see between your poetry and your prose?
RC: My stories are better known, but, myself, I love my poetry. Relationship? My stories and my poems are both short. (Laughs.) I write them the same way, and I’d say the effects are similar. There’s a compression of language, of emotion, that isn’t to be found in the novel. The short story and the poem, I’ve often said, are closer to each other than the short story and the novel.
CG: You approach the problem of image the same way?
RC: Oh, image. You know, I don’t feel, as someone said to me, that I center my poems or my stories on an image. The image emerges from the story, not the other way around. I don’t think in terms of image when write.