Monday, April 8, 2013

How does editing soup and poetry differ?

It's a matter of math.
Soup improves with addition. Say carrots, or onions, or garlic, or potatoes, or more water, or cooked beets. Yes, I mean cooked beets -- golden or red.

Poetry improves with subtraction. Others call it editing.

Soup and poetry both connect on the level of beets. Surround yourself with the nutritious. With the colorful. Nothing more that necessary. Nothing less.

1 comment:

  1. Hypotheticals (continued)

    That afternoon in quiet contemplation
    the merchant saw in himself a tragic flaw
    he would undertake the smallest mission
    and see it through until the end

    Once set upon a certain trail of intrigue
    his determination would harden
    until no distraction however pleasant
    could throw him off the scent

    Thus it was while enjoying a bowl of soup
    that he happened on a new approach to the problem
    and began to savor the ingredients
    as a new plan took shape in his mind