Anyone on Crimespace read and/or write poetry? All my years in school and two years into my teaching career, prose writing seemed more solid footing than poetry. I wrote two very prosy poems in college, which became the first official submissions to Font, a literary magazine I helped found at Hofstra. The two poems seemed to say all I needed until, two years into teaching at Hofstra, I became the Assistant Editor of the faculty poetry site (which meant I occasionally offered my opinion on poems read by the editor while I was HTML-coding).
Working on both zines, I felt if I was going to nudge others' creativity, I'd better nudge my own. That's how things started, and to date I've had more poetry published than crime fiction. Why ever stop?
As a student, I liked the work of T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Yeats, and Keats. Today I draw the most from Philip Levine, Carolyn Forche, Sharon Olds, Edward Hirsch, and Tony Hoagland. I just got into Donald Justice and am always looking for more to try.