Why do you write poetry?

I write poems because I like to be able to say a lot in a few words and you do that with poetry. I love playing around with words which you are at liberty to do with poetry, not so much with prose, I do write prose as well, I write novels. That's a completely different discipline, I enjoy doing that as well. But the other thing about writing poetry is that you can write a poem and have a finished product in a very short time, so I can write a poem in the bath, I can write a poem on the train, I can write a poem in my hotel room, so I can have a book finished in a relatively short time.

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