“I would define…

“I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.”

— Umberto Eco

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A Surprise

I finished reading my novel IN THE SEVENTH DAY this Christmas morning. Yes, I’ve read it many times; this time I tried to read it as if I hadn’t written it. Yes, that’s difficult to do. But, a moment in the story surprised even me. I realized that one character had actually done something I’d attributed to another character! Oh the tricks of the mind!

My son said, “You’ve got to be kidding me. You didn’t know that?”

“Well,” I said. “Yes, sort of…”