Thursday, July 6, 2017


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Dawg Sez 7

Concise and correct with a modicum of grace. That's what writing should be. Doesn't much matter whether it's a classic five paragraph essay or a two line email, the parameters should hold true.

Concise means to get the most information with the fewest words. Minimalism of a sort. Comes form the Latin word concidere meaning to cut up or cut down.

Correct means using vocabulary, grammar, and syntax with clarity and precision. No moral judgments need apply. This is not about good or bad, right or wrong. As I've suggested before, words and language are either common or uncommon. Common usage makes for 'right', and uncommon usuage makes for 'wrong'. Nobody likes a stranger.

Grace is smoothness and elegance of movement. English prose depends primarily on the arrangement of words and phrases to create well formed sentences. Meter, rhythm, and other literary devices serve a similar role for poetry.

Brings to mind (my mind, anyways .. arf arf) those three beautiful goddesses of Greek mythology: Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne, believed to personify and bestow charm, grace, and beauty. Could do worse, when you're wasting pencils, than to keep those three beauties in mind.

More 'practicin' what a peach':

a creel
damp ferns and jack pine
a creek
the rippling and nibbling
a cree a crawk
the stellar jay's din

flys and
and dry wicker creaks
reels with
the hissing and rippling
white water's fall

thigh deep
at dusk


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