Ars Poetica

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Begin with
Words
In vast array,
Placed with careful
Specificity.
Here and here and here again.
That and that
And not that, too.
Until the page glimmers
With
Artificiality.
Oh dear!
Not there!
But pare, spare
Cut and cut where
The words clutter
Like fat men in a chorus line
Too long.
Away you!
You will not do,
Words
Murky in the theatre light,
Off key,
Awkwardly.
Sound as sense,
Or not.
Hearest thou, or not?
And then and then,
Silence.
The page pure white,
As...

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