Up until this week I read short stories to improve my short story writing while I read poetry to improve my poetry writing but now I realize that I read both short stories and poetry to improve my own writing in whatever form it takes. There is no demarcation. Reading short stories will improve my poetry writing while reading poetry will improve my short story writing. This is a staggering realization. It is also very liberating. Reading quality writing of any form will help the astute reader become a better writer. Isn’t this how writers are supposed to think?