Today I read:
. . . all fiction has to content with the experience of time passing. First one thing happens and then another: that’s a story for you. This parade of events is what distinguishes the narrative impulse from the purely lyrical one. A poem can carry out its investigations within an endless moment, it can abide in stillness if it wants to, but fiction pretty much has to unfold in sequence. A story can arrange events in any order it finds useful, but it does have to move between then and now and later.
– Joan Silber, The Art of Time in Fiction
Oh, so I’ve been a poet all this time? OK, I guess. Thanks, Joan.