I’ve never been comfortable with phrases such as ‘I am a writer/poet’. Feels kind of confining. Maybe the super self-critical tendency sticks a thumb in the mix. I mean I like it. Like them. Words.
But maybe not even that – words as nouns. Maybe more like word as verb? I am a person composed of these and those qualities (yes many are low) who happens to derive delight when wording. It’s the field of diction/syntax/phrasing/sounds, etc that I prefer spending and expending time and energy. Of course you have to have something to word in the first place – start with something, almost anything. Whether it reads more like poetry or prose occupies a lesser level of importance.
Maybe it equates to a belief in the need for a firm destination. Or if one is one who enjoys wording things and is less concerned with a firm destination, that one will do well to not allow aspirations to spin out of control because a significant majority out there prefers words that offer a firm destination.
Maybe this was part of the perplexity when trying to write erotic literature. The prospective reader expects to go directly from T to X and when they see they are getting S to V and then swinging back to Q and who knows where… disconnect ensues.