“Doing good work and having creative thoughts means very little unless you’re able to express that work and those thoughts to others in as straightforward a way as possible.

“To edit yourself isn’t an admission of lack of talent; it’s sticking up for that talent by taking the time to make sure that everyone can understand what you’re trying to say.”

-Josh Ritter, “Seeing Red: To Write Is to Edit.” The Wall Street Journal. October 15, 2011

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  1. I think a lot of modern poets (and I’m talking about published ones who don’t blog) might disagree. A lot of the critically acclaimed stuff is tough to understand unless you know the context. I read the poetry collection that won the T.S.Eliot prize this year (by Bhanu Kapil). I misinterpreted it, and had to go back, do some research and then I got it. As far as prose is concerned, most good writers are lucid I reckon.

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