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Q: How does writing lines of computer code relate to your writing lines of verse?

A: I tend to break things up into functions. If I were building a cash register, I’d build the “add” and “subtract” and “running total” functions. If I were building a book about lynching, I build “how the crowd gathers” function; “how fear works” function; the “grieving” function; the “questioning if this is the best way” function. If a poem is a tiny machine, then a volume of poetry is a car or a plane—a bunch of parts that come together to perform a larger action.

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From “Computer Engineering: A Fine Day Job for a Poet: TJ Jarrett on how her IT career fits in with her life as a writer" in The Atlantic. Always fascinated with the intersections of different types of creativity.