Poetry Blather: William Carlos Williams’ Red Wheel Barrow

I am sometimes frustrated by poems that do not say what they mean. Consider this. so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens As an exercise in imagery, it works very nicely. You can see it in your mind. And as an exercise in rhythm, it’s nearly … More Poetry Blather: William Carlos Williams’ Red Wheel Barrow

On the Fourth Act

The most basic structure for a story is the three-act rising-action-to-climax. They teach it in high school. It works because it hits the beats that conform to emotional expectations that people have. But it’s not the only structure that can be. I mentioned earlier this week when I finally got Chapter XII finished that it … More On the Fourth Act