I’ve been writing in multiple genres for years. Perhaps the best compliment I’ve received on my writing was from the external reviewer of my PhD dissertation. He said that of all the dissertations he had encountered, mine was easiest to read: he noted the balance between academic rigour, technical language, and clarity. These are the qualities I’ve emphasized in my writing instruction over the past ten years. I encourage prose that is rigorous and concise.
I am aslo a creative writer. In poetics–as a representational system–I see the capacity to collapse and refill the rut of conventional thinking and to make less opaque those habits of inattention that are otherwise obscured in our everyday prose.