shame on me, Tamyka, you just wrote something that made a bit of sense without too much digging.
Yes. Yes, this is the perfect definition of what I read in journals compared to what I write.
Tamyka Bell

I’ve had that thought many times and I’ve often criticized myself when working on a piece (poetry or fiction) for not being more complex. I’m just now starting to own my style and feel more confident in my work, letting it just be what it is, instead of forcing it to be something else.

As for the Norton Anthology — I’ve read a few of them and while they aren’t the most convenient things to carry around, they have taught me so much. Many of the ones I own were required reading when I was in college studying English writing and lit. I’m so grateful for that time in my life when I was forced to read, read, read. I may have been stressed about it at the time, but it was so worth it. One semester I had this huge list of books I needed to buy and I went to the bookstore, put them all up on the counter, and the cashier rolled her eyes at me and flatly said, “You’re never going to read all of those.” I didn’t respond to her comment, I just paid. But, as it turns out, she was wrong. I did end up reading all of them.