They say a novelist is a failed short story writer, and a short story writer is a failed poet.
Although I have huge respect for novelists and short story writers (I’ve done a little of each myself), I tend to agree. So does Mark Twain, who famously told a correspondent that he’d written a long letter because he lacked the time to write a short one.
Poetry is efficient. It can be beautiful, funny, and powerful, carrying the impact of 100,000-word tomes in just a few precisely chosen and placed words. In my not terribly humble opinion, this distillation of the literary form is the sign of the most talented writers of any age.
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