Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Weekly Workshop: Missing

I just finished reading J. Robert Lennon's new novel, Castle, and it got me thinking about omission. What we leave out is often as important as what we include, sometimes even more so. A poet must neccessarily be aware of omission, because, of course, to include everything would be prose. But I thoroughly enjoyed the missing pieces in Castle, and thought that Lennon's use of omission was intensely elegant. In fact, this important aspect of the novel has been translated to the cover:

What else gains power through omission? How can a story or a poem become stronger by taking some of its pieces away? If you have a great example of omission, please share it. I will be working on my own.

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