How to tell a story

How to tell a story

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Talent Poems

Terry Simons series of vignettes / prose poems set in the small Oregon town of Talent is among my favorite work by him. A blog entry today has examples.

I wish TS would revisit this material, add a simple plot, and present it as a short novel in the tradition of Steinbeck. It's first rate writing.

Plot? How about a local boy returning from war in the Midddle East with PTSD? Understated, doesn't take much, just something to add movement and structure. Beginning: he comes home. Middle: he has issues, people take sides. End: he commits suicide, life goes back to not quite normal.

A zillion options ... something to provide narrative direction.

This material deserves revisiting and center staging.
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