Close up ridges

How does a person grow into being a writer? A lot of unstructured time may be part of it, and that means allowing for enough time for boredom. I remember being quite happy as a child really examining details in nature. Rough bark much like this made me think of ridges and valleys traversed in Dante’s Inferno. Yes, I had an unrestricted reading childhood and it was on the shelf at home.

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Author of the poetry collection The Tethered Ground and Professor of English at Missouri State University. Contact me for readings or for workshops on writing/publishing and on teaching writing online.

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