“Gold on the Ceiling”

Today I read:

. . . all fiction has to content with the experience of time passing.  First one thing happens and then another: that’s a story for you.  This parade of events is what distinguishes the narrative impulse from the purely lyrical one.  A poem can carry out its investigations within an endless moment, it can abide in stillness if it wants to, but fiction pretty much has to unfold in sequence.  A story can arrange events in any order it finds useful, but it does have to move between then and now and later.

– Joan Silber, The Art of Time in Fiction

Oh, so I’ve been a poet all this time?  OK, I guess.  Thanks, Joan.

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