“In residency we were asked to make a list of the ten important
Steckel credits her parents for nurturing her imagination and also passing on their love for others in the form of activism.
“It was just too painful to approach certain things I had seen and felt as a physician in straight-ahead prose. I could only get at those things through poetry, which was more oblique.”
“I woke up in the middle of the night and just wrote it down whole, with very little revision. I’m no Romantic or Beat poet, in the sense that I believe in the hard work of revision over mere inspiration, but I still think some of our best poems come to us whole like this.”