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June 30, 2010 \am\30 12:37 am

Can what’s not written, the space between sentences and breaks, be more powerful than what is? Can he who more sayingly says be the one who says everything but the truth, and therefore traces the route for the reader? To discover something of him/herself–is that the goal from both ends?

When we write, how much do we use the white space? The unwords?

  1. Robin Elizabeth Sampson permalink
    June 30, 2010 \am\30 9:03 am 9:03 am

    I like unwords.

  2. June 30, 2010 \am\30 10:45 am 10:45 am

    Me too.

  3. June 30, 2010 \pm\30 2:48 pm 2:48 pm

    I think maybe for writers of prose this is less obvious, the white space. But poets maybe think about it too much.

    I actually think filmmakers have the best perspective on the “what is and is not on the page” thing. Because for them it’s very concrete. When you frame a shot, you can choose to or not to include that plant pot. When you crop out one character even though he or she is talking, you know you’re doing it. You know the power of what is and is not on the page, in the frame.

    It’s a lot harder to do this with words, I think, in a really meaningful way.


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