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In a way, my writing impulse is always the same—I feel things, I grapple with trying to understand them, and I do my best to put the feelings and effort into words. But writing a memoir required me to structure the story, to tell a sequence of events in linear-enough, but not-so-linear-as-to-be-boring fashion. And structuring Soul on Earth was far more difficult, because there were so many things I wanted to cover. I also had to work really hard to find the right voice, because I wanted the book to be helpful and accessible. With poetry, I don’t worry about being ‘helpful.’ Though of course I hope my poems may help readers, I work much more with sounds and images in poems. - Ruth L. Schwartz