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Good Stories ~ Good Poems

I think a good story gives its readers adventure, discovery, humor, surprise and suspense; a good story is driven by the character's actions, not random events, divine intervention, lucky accidents or serendipitous circumstances. A good story is more true than if it really happened.

I think a good poem is lucid, clever, tight and richly ambiguous with layers of meaning; a good poem IS something, not just about something; a good poem shows and tells; a good poem meshes how it means with what it means; a good poem is more than a mere sum of its parts; a good poem conveys what the author thinks and feels by evoking thoughts and feelings in the reader; a good poem is not an enigmatic puzzle only a literary expert could unravel.

What do you think?

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