Made Out of Words

If you’ve attended a few poetry and fiction readings, you’ve learned to cringe at the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” Usually, student writers ask like proselytes who need one key phrase to open up their own locked vision, and the writer stares at the floor, looking for an answer. Pervasive as the question is, though, I’m no longer irritated by those who ask; I’ve seen so many writers flail impromptu responses that I’ve turned my mild ire to those writers unprepared for what they should know is coming.

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Originally from Arkansas, Charles Green lives in Cortland, New York. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Southeast Review, Fiction International, and The New England Review, among other venues. He teaches writing at Cornell University.

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