Certainly I was a prose writer before I ever became a poet.

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I wrote for the high school paper, The Huskian. In gr. 10, I covered the boys’ volleyball and basketball, even travelling on the road with the team. My honesty and lack of tact got me a threat one day when a big athlete I didn’t know came into my classroom and said “I lacked intestinal fortitude” for criticizing the team’s losses.
In gr. 12, I wrote the pieced attached after a Friday afternoon school hootenanny; folk music was at its height, and lots of college-agers were forming groups playing coffee houses and even schools.

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