Distinctive Poetic Styles

In the past two posts, we’ve hopefully drawn a line of demarcation between poetry and prose, and we’ve witnessed two distinct styles and voices as applied uniquely to poetry.   Mustin’s poem, Metamorphosis II, takes the reader quickly through a philosophical dance concerning the nature of cities. Here we get that cities have difficulties; they,…

A Family on Fire

Desperadoes, by Ron Hansen Hard times are upon those of us who traffic in literary fiction writing, and it’s been that way for quite a while. Readers don’t seem to trust us when we tell them that literary fiction is more real than real, and they turn to genre fiction, where story rules, or to…

This Time, It’s All In The Technique

  I’ve had the experience of watching a movie in a local theater, the person in the row in front of me busy whispering aloud, explaining what transpires on the screen to his or her companion. Yes, such prattle may add to your own understanding of this cinematic event, but it’s damned annoying. And so…

Humanizing A Legend

The Kid, by Ron Hansen Over the years Ron Hansen has been perhaps my favorite contemporary writer, and as far as I know, I’ve been a loyal reader, having read every published piece he’s written. Even met him years ago in Atlanta, had the opportunity to chat briefly with him that evening. The thing about being…

THE SOCIAL COMPLEXITIES OF WAR

    The novel is a living thing, an organism, if you will, mirroring the people and the societies it emerges from. Most reckon its original emergence with Daniel Defoe’s works, Moll Flanders and Robinson Crusoe in the early 1700s. What has made it increasingly popular is its take on the lives of common folk,…

How Much Editing Is Enough?

You’ve had a request for your complete manuscript from an agent or editor. Suddenly your mouth goes dry. Your knees are shaky. Is your manuscript REALLY ready for prime time? OR Let’s say you’re a DIY person, and you publish yourself through Amazon or Smashwords, or some other self publishing organ. Will your readers toss your book…

Booktravel

The last decade has been an eye opener for me regarding the broad expanse of subject matter in novels around the world, the novelists and their work in faraway lands, and the styles of writing. American writing differs from that of most other nations, it seems to me, in that American novelists have given much…