Limpid brevity

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September 19, 2010 by Tracey S. Rosenberg

I note that I have used ‘thrilled’ in the last two entries, so I shall eschew its use here.

However, I’m pleased [you do own a thesaurus – ed.] that my poem ‘Carlyle Alone’ was shortlisted for the Frogmore Poetry Prize and is now available on their website.

There’s an old chestnut about poetry to the effect that it’s like throwing a leaf down a well and waiting to hear the splash, so it’s always useful (not to mention flattering) to receive feedback. In this case, the feedback from adjudicator Stewart Conn was:

The limpid brevity of ‘Carlyle alone’ speaks volumes about a marriage, even if we know nothing of its subjects.

Which I appreciate knowing, as I doubt it would work well as a poem if you needed to be an editor on the Carlyle Letters project in order to understand it. Obviously, it’s only my personal take on their relationship.


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I live, work, and write in Edinburgh. I travel to other places as much as I can. To contact me, email writingmostly at gmail dot com.


CURRENTLY READING: The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo.

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