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. . . well, not much. But all writers should write a variety of things, so I've been exploring my poetic side of late.
Poetry is a very different form of writing than fiction. Whereas a short story or novel can go on for pages describing and explaining what happens. poetry tends to be short, to the point, and more oblique. Poets try to capture a mood or a feeling or an experience and condense it down into a few words. Some poems can be more straightforward and long, but it's been my experience that poetry exercises a different part of the brain than fiction--it stimulates our capacity to create images and derive meaning from them. In this way, poetry seems, to me, at least, to be a close cousin of art.
(And no, I'm not an expert on brains or even poetry, so don't hold me to the above.)
I've published several poems on Medium.com. Here is a link to one called REM Diner. Check it out and let me know what you think.