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1000 Black Lines

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New Write Stuff contribution

One thing I have noticed about modern writers is their long blocks of boring prose. Although, this is not exclusive to our modern era. (James Fenimore Cooper wrote volumes of boring prose.) I suspect modern writers are enamored with the nice arrangement of text provided by computer software or blog software. It "looks" publishable or published and therefore must be good. Hah! Typists can not be writers. Bloggers can not be writers. But writers may be typists and/or bloggers. But I digress.

A novel writing professor once told me that less is more. So, I drafted a poem based on the idea of luck, fate, destiny--posted here. It started out as a 12-line poem. Now it is four lines. It is a novel in four lines. What do you think?

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  1. Anonymous michael | 9:29 PM, April 10, 2007 |  

    Hey, don't be knocking the Cooper. Despite pages of unnecessary prose, he convinced at least two (if not three) generations of young American males that we too could go near the Indians--and live.

  2. Anonymous michael | 9:15 PM, April 12, 2007 |  

    Upon second reading of the linked poetry, I think it flows slightly better if you add the word "frog" at the very end.

    I could be wrong, of course, but then again, I wanted to get this off my chest in case I should happen to croak before next we, er, converse.

  3. Blogger 1000 black lines | 9:43 AM, April 13, 2007 |  

    Hah, I love it... regarding "frog," that is. Initially, I had "man" in the place you suggested "frog" should be, but for brevity and mystery I deleted the description of "another."

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