Triptych of the Tower

by Bruce Boston

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Bruce Boston is the author of fifty books and chapbooks, including the novels The Guardener’s Tale and Stained Glass Rain. His poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Grandmaster Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize, and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story). His latest collection, Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012, is available from Dark Regions Press.

How did you approach the challenge of the triptych?

    Actually, I don’t find triptychs particularly challenging. One problem I’ve always had writing fiction is the linear nature of the beast. When I’m in a creative mind set, my thoughts tend to take off in many different directions at once, all relevant to the piece on which I’m working. With fiction, and most poetry, you can’t include them all, usually only one. In contrast, a triptych allows me to combine three trains of thought in a complementary way. I would no doubt write more triptychs if their were publications open to them.
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