the big picture

Looking through my photo files for ideas for a blog post, I find mostly close ups of flowers and insects. Panoramic views are few and far between, and pictures of people are even less frequent.

close up of small pink flowerets
Even if a scene could be a landscape, my focus is usually on details.
English meadow buttercups and dandelions
Thinking about my writing, I suspect it’s much the same: I don’t write novels, I write poetry.

I write vignettes and haiku: seldom anything over 40 lines. The few poems with people in tend to be character studies rather than narratives, and I am at least as interested in the sounds and relationships of the words I use to talk about them as I am in the characters themselves.

I think perhaps I’m not good at big-picture thinking: if I don’t narrow my thoughts down to something manageable, it all just gets a bit grey and out of focus.

Severn Bridge

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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